Aborting seizures by painful stimulation

R. L. Carasso, D. I. Mostofsky, S. Yehuda

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It has been well established that serious consequences may result from allowing seizures to continue. The opportunities for early interruption of seizures by medication is often restricted to medical personnel, leaving non-trained bystanders unable to intervene. We were able to interrupt seizures (including status epilepticus) by application of painful dorsiflexion. The mode of action that enables pain to elevate the seizure threshold remains to be elucidated, although the phenomenon is consistent with earlier laboratory studies in experimental epilepsy. The technique may be recommended as an effective and easily learned procedure that may have wide applicability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-111
Number of pages5
JournalBehavioural Neurology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992


  • Convulsions
  • Dorsiflexion
  • Fits
  • Pain
  • Seizure interruption


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