Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
Print version ISSN 0004-282X
TEDRUS, Gloria M. Almeida; FONSECA, Lineu Corrêa; TELLA, Lucinda M. Garcia de and VIANA, Maura Aparecida. "De novo" absence status: case report. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 1997, vol.55, n.3B, pp. 642-645. ISSN 0004-282X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0004-282X1997000400022.
There are few descriptions about middle-aged patients who have nonconvulsive status epilepticus, absence status. We reported the clinical case of a woman, 52-year-old, diabetic, referred to the emergency room in a confusional state. Initial electroencephalogram showed continuous typical, bilateral, symmetric and synchronous spike-and-wave discharges. Clinical and electroencephalogram normalization occurred immediatelly following intravenous injection of benzodiazepine. Computerized axial tomography was normal. The recognition of this entity is essential because of its similarity to psychiatric disturbance and its prompt response to proper treatment.
Keywords : nonconvulsive status epilepticus; electroencephalogram; diabetes mellitus.