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Q J Med. 1989 Jun;71(266):507-19.

Pseudostatus epilepticus.

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Mersey Regional Department of Medical and Surgical Neurology, Walton Hospital, Liverpool.

Abstract

Thirteen patients with pseudostatus (simulated status epilepticus) have been compared to 13 patients with true status epilepticus seen at a regional neurological centre. Pseudostatus was common in patients with pseudoseizures and was often misdiagnosed as status epilepticus. Complications of this misdiagnosis included eight episodes of anticonvulsant-induced respiratory arrest. Patients with pseudostatus commonly had multiple episodes of 'status'. They usually also had a history of other unexplained illness and of deliberate self-poisoning. Management of these patients was difficult and emphasizes the need for specialist expertise for patients with epilepsy and apparent epilepsy.

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PMID:
2602547
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