Which patients are at risk for prolonged seizures and status epilepticus following electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?

Updated: Sep 24, 2019
  • Author: Mehul V Mankad, MD; Chief Editor: Dennis M Popeo, MD  more...
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Prolonged seizures and status epilepticus may be more likely when patients receive medications that lower seizure threshold. [1]  ECT treatment programs should become familiar with emergency treatment of status epilepticus and maintain ready access to anticonvulsant medications in the event of such an adverse effect. Prolonged apnea is rare but may occur in patients who metabolize succinylcholine slowly. [1]


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