Chloral hydrate in intractable status epilepticus

Yair Lampl, Yechiel Eshel, Ronit Gilad, Ida Sarova-Pinchas

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Five adult patients were admitted to the neurological department in a state of status epilepticus. All were treated unsuccessfully with IV diazepam and diphenylhydantoin. Administration of sodium valporate or phenobarbital also was ineffective. However, after treatment with intrarectal chloral hydrate, all seizures ceased. The excellent effect of this drug was proved both clinically and electrodiagnostically. Discussed is the possibility of using chloral hydrate to treat patients with status epilepticus in whom conventional treatment has failed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)674-676
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Emergency Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1990
Externally publishedYes


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