is a life threat
ening condition where a person has seizures that last longer than five minutes, or the epileptic does not regain consciousness between recurring seizures.
In the United States
, approximately 195,000 people are affected each year, of which approximately 42,000 die. 60% of people who develop status epilepticus
have never been diagnosed with epilepsy
Though there is debate
in the medical community about how much time should pass before status epilepticus
is declared (some doctors prefer to diagnose based on the iminent physical danger
rather than the amount of time passed), if you come across someone who is having a seizure
, you should get them emergency
if the seizure lasts longer than five minutes, or the person does not "wake up" between seizures
. status epilepticus
includes non-convulsive seizures, which may be more difficult to identify.