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How I treat the seizuring patient

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Status epilepticus describes seizures that occur continuously with little or no normal intervening periods – it is a true emergency. Prolonged seizure activity can result in permanent neuronal damage and life-threatening systemic effects; careful management and correction is essential to limit patient loss. The timely use of antiepileptic pharmacological agents is necessary, as well as an accurate history and clinical assessment of the patient to identify possible causes and undertake control of the seizures. The pathophysiology of seizure activity is used to employ some of the more frequently used anticonvulsant agents in the canine & feline patient clinically. Newer anticonvulsants and their mode of administration have highlighted synergism in the management of seizure activity with reportedly less adverse side-effects. Even though an algorithm for the acute management of Status Epilepticus is often followed, species differences between the dog and the cat demand some subtle changes in treatment between the two species. This presentation will highlight a current practical approach to dealing with the acutely seizuring small animal patient.

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