Status Epilepticus-Related Hospitalizations Rise as Mortality Stabilizes

The disconnect is likely due to more sensitive diagnostic criteria.

Status epilepticus is a common neurologic emergency with significant associated morbidity, mortality, and health care costs, yet limited data exist detailing trends in status epilepticus–related hospitalizations and mortality.

We performed 2 retrospective serial cross-sectional studies including 408 304 status epilepticus–related hospital visits using generalizable national data from January 1, 1999, to December 31, 2010, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention death certificate data, using International Statistical Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, codes, were used to determine nonstandardized and age-standardized rates of status epilepticus as the underlying cause of death in the United States. 

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