What is nonconvulsive status epilepticus (SE)?

Updated: Feb 13, 2018
  • Author: Julie L Roth, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Nonconvulsive SE is divided into 2 categories: absence SE and complex partial SE. Differentiating these subtypes is important, since they indicate major differences in treatment, etiology, and prognosis.

In one review, [10] NCSE has been further subdivided according to the age of occurrence, as follows:

  • Neonatal and infantile

  • Only in childhood

  • In both childhood and adult life

  • In late adult life

Several epileptic syndromes, such as electrical status epilepticus in slow-wave sleep (ESES), would be classified under the "NCSE only in childhood" category.

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