Treatment strategies in the postictal state

Gregory Krauss, William H. Theodore

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Postictal behaviors and symptoms often require special assessment and treatment. We review risk factors for postictal delirium and psychosis and management of agitated and confused behaviors in patients after seizures. Medical and emergency staff require careful training to manage behaviors associated with postictal delirium and psychosis in order to protect patients while their confusion resolves. Treatment of postictal states requires recognition of underlying neurological and systemic disorders associated with seizures and delirium such as metabolic disorders and nonconvulsive seizures. There is incomplete information about the causes and optimal treatments for seizure-related psychosis, however, postictal behaviors can usually be managed safely.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-190
Number of pages3
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010


  • Delirium
  • Epilepsy
  • Postictal
  • Psychosis
  • Seizures
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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