chapter  16
Status Epilepticus in Developing Countries: An A ccount
ByPierre-Marie Preux, Mouhamadou Diagana, Michel Druet-Cabanac
Pages 7

Status epilepticus is a common neurological emergency and is associated with a significant mortality. It may occur in association with epilepsy and in the context of acute central nervous system insults and the systemic illness.1 There is very few published data about status epilepticus in developing countries. Generalized tonic-clonic status epilepticus is readily recognized. But other forms of status epilepticus may not be recognized in developing countries due to the lack of special­ ized and trained personnel and also the investigative facilities like continuous EEG monitoring. Furthermore, in developing countries health care infrastructure is poor. Patients with status epilepticus may not have an access to the specialist care in time and also to the drugs, which could influence the outcome.