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When Physicians Disagree: A Case of Nonconvulsive Status Epilepticus

Hixson, John David MD

doi: 10.1212/01.CON.0000407064.27070.d6
Ethical Perspectives

ABSTRACT: Differences of opinion among attending physicians, resident trainees, and nurses are not uncommon in hospital situations. When such cases arise, ethical dilemmas must be approached with mindfulness of basic ethics principles and communication. This article presents a case of nonconvulsive status epilepticus to highlight these considerations.

Address correspondence to Dr John Hixson, University of California, San Francisco, 400 Parnassus Avenue, Campus Box 0138, San Francisco, CA 94143,

Relationship Disclosure: Dr Hixson has received personal compensation for medical record review from Lumetra Healthcare Solutions, Inc. and for expert testimony.

Unlabeled Use of Products/Investigational Use Disclosure: Dr Hixson reports no disclosure.

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