Hypothermia and barbiturate coma for refractory status epilepticus.


Three pediatric patients with generalized status epilepticus unresponsive to therapy with conventional anticonvulsants were successfully treated with moderate hypothermia (30 degrees to 31 degrees C) and barbiturate coma with thiopental. All 3 patients were treated with thiopental at doses producing burst suppression or an isoelectric tracing on the EEG and… (More)