Diazepam and dialysis encephalopathy

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Abstract

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A patient with the clinical and electroencephalographic features of dialysis encephalopathy exhibited dramatic improvement with the initiation of diazepam therapy. Although improvement was sustained for a period of several weeks, her clinical condition eventually deteriorated despite continued treatment with diazepam and dialysis. Dialysis encephalopathy in this patient is compared with other cases recently reported in the medical literature as having a similar dramatic response to diazepam. It is concluded that diazepam transiently reverses a component of the dialysis encephalopathy syndrome, but i t does not appear to change the ultimate prognosis for patients with this condition.

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