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A comparative study of midazolam and target-controlled propofol infusion in the treatment of refractory status epilepticus

K. N. Gopala Krishna, Sinha Sanjib, Dhrithiman Chakrabarti, R. C. Mundlamuri, Nitin Manohar, P. Mariamma, P. Satishchandra, G. S. Umamaheswara Rao

Keywords : Midazolam, outcome, propofol, refractory status epilepticus, super refractory status, target-controlled infusion

Citation Information : Gopala Krishna KN, Sanjib S, Chakrabarti D, Mundlamuri RC, Manohar N, Mariamma P, Satishchandra P, Umamaheswara Rao GS. A comparative study of midazolam and target-controlled propofol infusion in the treatment of refractory status epilepticus. Indian J Crit Care Med 2018; 22 (6):441-448.

DOI: 10.4103/ijccm.IJCCM_327_17

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-02-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


Background: The recommended treatment for refractory status epilepticus (RSE) is the use of anesthetic agents, but evidence regarding the agent of choice is lacking. This study was designed to compare target-controlled infusion of propofol versus midazolam for the treatment of RSE regarding seizure control and complications. Methods: This prospective, randomized study recruited 23 adult patients with RSE due to any etiology and treated with either propofol or midazolam titrated to clinical seizure cessation and gradual tapering thereafter. The primary outcome measure was seizure control and the secondary outcomes were duration of the Intensive Care Unit stay and duration of mechanical ventilation, occurrence of super RSE (SRSE), and complications. Results: We recruited 23 patients (male:female = 18:5) into this study (propofol Group-11; midazolam Group-12). Overall, seizure control was noted in 34.8%, with successful seizure control in 45% of patients in the propofol group and 25% in midazolam group (P = 0.4). Mortality was similar in both the groups (propofol group [8/11; 72.7%] compared to the midazolam group [7/12; 58.3%] [P = 0.667]). The duration of hospital stay was significantly shorter in the propofol group compared to midazolam (P = 0.02). The overall incidence of SRSE was 69.5% in this study. The complication rate was not significantly different between the groups. Conclusions: The choice of anesthetic agent does not seem to affect the overall outcome in RSE and SRSE. Target-controlled propofol infusion was found to be equal in its efficacy to midazolam for the treatment of RSE. High mortality might be due to SRSE secondary to the underlying brain pathology.

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