Near infrared spectroscopy in the management of status epilepticus in a young infant

Gemma Arca Diaz, Elisabetta Cesaron, Israel Alfonso, Catalina Dunoyer, Ilker Yaylali

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We report the medication management of electroencephalographic status epilepticus with subtle clinical manifestations in a young infant while simultaneously recording electroencephalographic activity and cerebral regional oxygen saturation (rSO2) index using near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). We found that antiepileptic drugs equally influence the frequency of rSO2 index fluctuations and electroencephalographic seizures. The purpose of this report is to illustrate the use of NIRS in the medication management of an infant with status epilepticus and subtle or no clinical manifestations; and to suggest that if future studies confirm our finding, NIRS may be reliably used to gauge the effects of antiepileptic medications in similar patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-21
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Paediatric Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006


  • Cerebral blood flow
  • Clinically silent seizures
  • Near infrared spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neurology


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