Management of common neurologic symptoms in pediatric palliative care: seizures, agitation, and spasticity

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2007 Oct;54(5):709-33, xi. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2007.06.004.


Palliative care for children is complex and focuses on patients' comfort. Some of the most troublesome symptoms as patients approach the end of life are seizures, agitation, and spasticity. Many doctors caring for children at the end of life are uncomfortable or untrained in managing these symptoms in children. Our goal is to help physicians recognize and treat these neurologic symptoms optimally.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / physiopathology*
  • Child
  • Drug Therapy / methods
  • Humans
  • Muscle Spasticity / drug therapy
  • Muscle Spasticity / physiopathology*
  • Muscle Spasticity / therapy*
  • Palliative Care*
  • Psychomotor Agitation / drug therapy
  • Psychomotor Agitation / physiopathology*
  • Psychomotor Agitation / therapy*
  • Seizures / drug therapy
  • Seizures / physiopathology*
  • Seizures / therapy*