Successful ECT treatment for medically refractory nonconvulsive status epilepticus in pediatric patient

Seizure. 2011 Jun;20(5):433-6. doi: 10.1016/j.seizure.2011.01.009. Epub 2011 Feb 17.


Status epilepticus is a life threatening condition with a high mortality rate in spite of aggressive treatment. There is little consensus on third and fourth line approaches in refractory cases. While electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has been employed successfully as a treatment for refractory epilepsy and status epilepticus (SE) after exhausting conventional therapy, its use for pediatric patients is limited. We describe a 7-year-old pediatric case in which ECT was used successfully to treat medically refractory nonconvulsive status epilepticus (NCSE) without complete withdrawal of antiepileptic drugs (AED).

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy / methods*
  • Electroencephalography / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Status Epilepticus / diagnosis
  • Status Epilepticus / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome