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Epileptic Disorders

The Educational Journal of the International League Against Epilepsy

De novo absence status epilepticus of late onset (DNASLO) precipitated by oral treatment with cefuroxime: description of an ambulatory case Volume 20, issue 1, February 2018

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1 Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital, Santander, Cantabria
2 Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Cantabria (UNICAN), Santander, Cantabria
3 Biomedical Research Institute (IDIVAL), Santander
4 Department of Neurology, Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital, Santander, Cantabria
5 Department of Intensive Medicine, Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital, Santander, Cantabria, Spain
* Correspondence: José L. Fernández-Torre Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital, Avda. Valdecilla, 25, 39008 Santander, Cantabria, Spain
  • Key words: cefuroxime, non-convulsive status epilepticus, de novo absence status epilepticus, emergency EEG
  • DOI : 10.1684/epd.2017.0938
  • Page(s) : 73-6
  • Published in: 2018

We describe the case of an elderly woman with an episode of ambulatory de novo absence status epilepticus of late onset (DNASLO) after oral treatment with cefuroxime. A high level of suspicion of DNASLO in cases of unexplained confusion in adults or elderly subjects taking cephalosporins is essential to prompt an emergency EEG and, in turn, rapidly achieve an appropriate diagnosis and enable optimal treatment.