Title

Transcranial magnetic stimulation for refractory focal status epilepticus in the intensive care unit

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Purpose To examine the efficacy and safety profile of antiepileptic repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) for refractory status epilepticus (RSE) in the intensive care unit (ICU) setting. In addition, hypothetical concerns about electrical interference of rTMS with ICU equipment have been previously raised. Methods We describe two cases of RSE treated with rTMS in the ICU. Results In one case, rTMS contributed to decreased seizure frequency; in the second case, rTMS transiently decreased seizure frequency. In both cases, rTMS was safe and did not interfere with the functioning of the ICU equipment. Conclusion rTMS is a potential therapy for RSE when conventional therapies have failed. Future studies should investigate the efficacy of various rTMS stimulation parameters, safety issues, and bioengineering considerations in the ICU setting. © 2013 British Epilepsy Association.

Publication Date

12-1-2013

Publication Title

Seizure

ISSN

10591311

E-ISSN

15322688

Volume

22

Issue

10

First Page

893

Last Page

896

PubMed ID

23876929

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1016/j.seizure.2013.06.014

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