A prolonged seizure or series of seizures without regaining consciousness
is called status epilepticus and is a medical emergency. Lack of normal
respiratory movements combined with extreme muscular contractions
during a seizure throws stress on the cardiovascular system. The continuing
lack of oxygen may lead eventually to brain damage. Status epilepticus
is usually convulsive, but sometimes it can be non-convulsive ie.
absence or complex partial status. This will need intervention, although
the urgency is not as great.
If you would
like more information on Epilepsy contact
The British Epilepsy Association
Society for epilepsy