Professor Simon Shorvon

Professor in Clinical Neurology & Consultant Neurologist

Front cover

Highly informative text that will act as a foundation for future work on SE. A copy of Status Epilepticus should be available in all paediatric and neurology wards.
The Lancet

Cambridge University Press
Book Information

Status Epilepticus

Status epilepticus, the maximum expression of epilepsy, is a distinctive condition, much more than simple a severe version of ordinary epilepsy. This is the definitive reference work on the subject, taking a modern look at the clinical features, pathophysiology and treatment of status, in both children and adults.

All forms of status are considered, including the classical convulsive (grand mal) type, the less well-understood yet common and fascinating nonconvulsive variants, boundary syndromes and also pseudostatus epilepticus. The history, clinical aspects, treatment and outcome of each form are explored in their scientific content, accounting for research findings in the fields of epidemiology, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, neuropathology, neurochemistry and neuropharmacology. Received ideas are examined critically, the existing schemes of classification revised, and current practice is challenged where it seems inadequate.

Treatment is dealt with in depth, and schemes of management outlined for both convulsive and nonconvulsive forms. For each drug used in status, a systematic review is given of the pharmacology, clinical and toxic effects in status, administration and dosage. Summary tables outline key clinical information.

The text is based on extensive clinical experience of the author, and a practical and theoretical perspective is taken throughout. The world literature is expertly marshalled to provide a comprehensive review of the topic in all its aspects. The book is therefore both a reference work and a practical guide, useful for a wide range of clinicians, neurologists, psychiatrists, paediatricians, other specialists and generalists, and all those dealing with emergency and intensive care medicine.


1: The concept of status epilepticus and its history

2: Definition, classification and frequency of status epilepticus

3: Clinical forms of status epilepticus

4: Neurophysiology, neuropathology and neurochemistry of status epilepticus

5: Emergency treatment of status epilepticus

6: Prognosis and outcome of status epilepticus