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Convulsive status epilepticus

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Every 2–3 h, on average, somewhere in England and Wales, a child begins an episode of convulsive status epilepticus (CSE). This is an extrapolation from data collected in north London during a 2-year period in 2002–4 (

) , the first prospective, population-based study of CSE in children.

In a population of 605 230 children, 226 children aged 29 days to 15 years had at least one episode of CSE (lasting for at least 30 min) during the study period and 176 had a first episode. Of the children with first episodes, 95 (54%) were boys. After adjustment for case ascertainment (estimated at …

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