Acute Repetitive Seizures or Clusters

Seizures of any type may occur in groups or clusters over a number of hours or days. A person usually recovers between seizures and the clusters will end on their own.

People can be at risk for repeated clusters or status epilepticus if:

  • Seizure clusters last longer than normal
  • Seizures occur closer together
  • A person doesn’t recover as well between seizures or clusters
  • If rescue medicines given to stop the clusters don’t work

If a person can recognize seizure clusters or acute repetitive seizures easily enough, they can often be treated outside of a hospital setting. Ideally, this early treatment will prevent the need for hospital treatment. However, if out-of-hospital treatments don’t work and seizures continue or complications occur, emergency medical treatment will be needed.

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Authored By: 
Patty Obsorne Shafer RN, MN
Steven C. Schachter, MD
Reviewed By: 
Patty Obsorne Shafer RN, MN
Joseph I. Sirven MD
Wednesday, February 5, 2014