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NIH Outlines Plans For Study Of Pediatric Seizures

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Researchers to determine which of the two medications is the safest, most effective treatment for children with status epilepticus.

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The condition is life-threatening, and even with the best treatment, is fatal in 4 percent of cases. The study is the most comprehensive of its kind and 11 hospitals around the country will participate.

The scenario unfolds almost every day in the United States. A crowd gathers at a playground, or perhaps on a soccer field. A child has fallen to the ground, gripped by a seizure. Usually, the twitching and jerking stop within a few minutes. If they do not, the condition becomes status epilepticus, continuous unrelenting seizures that can lead to brain damage