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Epilepsy Seizure Clusters: Therapeutic Advances and Emergency Plans

Kamil Detyniecki, MD,a and Patricia Penovich, MDb

Published: October 26, 2021

Many patients with epilepsy experience seizure clusters, which have consequences such as problems at school or work and decreased quality of life. However, according to the Seizure Cluster Burden of Illness US Study, only one-third of patients report having a seizure emergency plan. Research also suggests that patients and caregivers often respond differently to emergency situations than their clinicians recommend. Multiple options are available for the acute treatment of seizure clusters, and newer nasal spray formulations can easily be used. Seizure Action Plans and Acute Emergency Seizure Action Plans provide direction that may alleviate fear and hospitalization, benefitting the patient and caregiver and the health care system.


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To cite: Detyniecki K, Penovich P. Epilepsy seizure clusters: therapeutic advances and emergency plans. J Clin Psychiatry. 2021;82(6):MS20093EV1C.
To share: https://doi.org/10.4088/JCP.MS20093EV1C

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aUniversity of Miami, Florida
bMinnesota Epilepsy Group, St. Paul

Volume: 82

Quick Links: Epilepsy , Neurodevelopmental

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