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Continuous electroencephalography for seizures and status epilepticus

Payne, Eric T.a,b; Hahn, Cecil D.a,b

doi: 10.1097/MOP.0000000000000151
NEUROLOGY: Edited by Robert C. Tasker

Purpose of review To discuss the use of continuous video-electroencephalographic (cEEG) monitoring among critically ill children at risk for electrographic seizures and status epilepticus.

Recent findings Recent reports have demonstrated the growing, but heterogeneous, use of cEEG monitoring among North American pediatric institutions, and provided evidence for the high prevalence of subclinical seizures, particularly among encephalopathic patients with acute brain injury. Increasing seizure burden and status epilepticus have been shown to be independently associated with worse short-term and long-term outcomes.

Summary Certain high-risk children frequently experience electrographic seizures and status epilepticus, often without clinical signs, necessitating the use of cEEG monitoring for their diagnosis and management. Although an increasing electrographic seizure burden and status epilepticus are independently associated with worse outcome, further studies are needed to determine whether aggressive use of antiepileptic drugs to reduce seizure burden can improve outcome.

aDivision of Neurology, The Hospital for Sick Children

bDepartment of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Correspondence to Cecil D. Hahn, MD, MPH, Division of Neurology, The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 1X8, Canada. Tel: +1 416 813 7037; e-mail:

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