Pediatric Seizures

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Seizures in the pediatric population are a common presentation in emergency departments. The astute emergency medicine clinician must have a good understanding of the various types of seizures in pediatric patients, as well as the most common etiologies associated with each type. Additionally, insight into seizure mimics in the pediatric patient is useful for emergency providers given the implications for treatment. Although benzodiazepines remain the first-line therapy for the patient having a seizure, awareness of next steps in therapy is necessary when caring for these patients in status epilepticus.

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