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Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2017;55(Suppl 4):S369-S374.

Experience of status epilepticus in the Neurology department of a tertiary-level hospital in Mexico

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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Servicio de Neurología, Hospital de Especialidades, Centro Médico Nacional Siglo XXI, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Ciudad de México, México


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The status epilepticus is a neurological emergency that continues to be little identified early in emergency rooms and hospitalized patients, with significant morbidity and mortality. The aim of this paper was to establish the etiology and evolution of the status epilepticus in hospitalized patients in a tertiary-level hospital.


Descriptive, cross-analytical study of adult patients hospitalized with the diagnosis of epileptic status at a tertiary-level hospital, between August 2010 and February 2016.


19 patients, mean age 35 years ± 19. With 15 years of convulsive epileptic status, 13 subjects with generalized seizures, 4 with alert alterations and 2 with focal seizures. In 4 cases, structural damage was detected, 4 due to non-specific inflammation, 2 due to Neuroinfection, 2 with anoxoischemic encephalopathy and 3 cases without evident etiology; of the 17 survivors, 10 with Rankin Scale modified from 4-5 points.


The status epilepticus is a common diagnosis in third level centers, with significant morbi mortality. After a complete study protocol, the etiological diagnosis is reached in most cases.


Seizures; Epilepsy; Etiology; Status Epilepticus

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