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Riv Neurol. 1991 Sep-Oct;61(5):176-9.

Propofol in the treatment of convulsive status epilepticus: a report of four cases.

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U.O. Neurologia, USL 9, Prato.


Propofol is a new anaesthetic agent commonly used because of its rapid pharmacokinetic. Lately, anecdotal reports suggest its utility in the treatment of convulsive status epilepticus. We describe four cases of convulsive status due to severe encephalopathy of various etiology. They were resistant to diazepam and other drugs and remitted only after treatment with propofol. The infusion, even protracted to 8 days, did not cause any toxic or proconvulsive side-effects. The very short duration of its central depressant action permitted monitoring of the underlying neurological status whenever needed.

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