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Date:10/28/2008

y the unexplained presence of at least one or more of the following: the blood disorder known as metabolic acidosis; rhabdomyolysis (a muscle disorder); bradycardia (lowered heart rate); and/or cardiac arrest. PRIS occurred in one patients in the other group.

The findings indicate that doctors should be cautious in the use of propofol to treat patients with RSE, Iyer said.

"There are several other medications we can turn to in the case of uncontrolled seizures," he said. "Alternative agents should first be tried for patients with RSE, and propofol should only be used after exhausting all other options."

The study was to be presented Tuesday at CHEST 2008, the annual international scientific meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, in Philadelphia.

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The Epilepsy Foundation has more about prolonged seizures.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American College of Chest Physicians, news release, Oct. 28, 2008


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