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Seizures: assessment and management in the emergency unit

Smith, Philip E.M. and Cossburn, M. D. 2004. Seizures: assessment and management in the emergency unit. Clinical Medicine 4 (2) , pp. 118-122. 10.7861/clinmedicine.4-2-118

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Abstract

A first seizure must be investigated and explained. An accurate and detailed history with witness account and previous documentation may not be readily available in the emergency unit. Minor convulsions are a common manifestation of syncope. The best pointers to a seizure are lateral tongue biting and post-event confusion. Emergency units require fast-track links to local epilepsy specialist services, often avoiding the need for hospital admission following a first seizure. Long-term antiepileptic medication should usually be prescribed only by a specialist.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Royal College of Physicians
ISSN: 1470-2118
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:38
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/81725

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