When was status epilepticus (SE) first described?

Updated: Feb 13, 2018
  • Author: Julie L Roth, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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The first description of SE in the medical literature was in a Babylonian text from the first millennium BC. The author recognized the severity of the condition: "If an epilepsy demon falls many times upon him on a given day, he seven times punishes him and possesses him, his life will be spared. If he falls upon him eight times, his life may not be spared." [12]

Wolf et al described a case of probable 3-day absence stupor documented in Austria in 1501. [13] Several descendants of the affected person in this historical case have been shown to have a primary idiopathic epileptic syndrome.

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