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Deep hypothermia for the treatment of refractory status epilepticus.


In a rat model of status epilepticus (SE) induced by lithium and pilocarpine and refractory to midazolam, deep hypothermia (20 °C for 30 min) reduced EEG power over 50-fold, stopped SE within 12 min, and reduced EEG spikes by 87%. Hypothermia deserves further investigation as a treatment of last resort for refractory SE. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled "Status Epilepticus".

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