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CanadiEM aims to improve emergency care in Canada by building an online community of practice for healthcare practitioners and providing them with high quality, freely available educational resources. The CanadiEM Podcast brings you cutting edge clinical topics on the National Rounds Series and delves into the struggles that doctors face on the Physicians as Humans Series.

Oct 7, 2019

Core Questions: 


  1. Define seizure and provide an explanation of the classification systems for seizure
  2. Define recruitment as it relates to seizure development and progression
  3. Differentiate between seizure and syncope
  4. Differentiate between neurogenic and psychogenic seizures
  5. List 5 diagnoses that can mimic seizures (see Box 15.2)
  6. Define status epilepticus and differentiate between convulsive and non-convulsive status epilepticus
  7. List 10 causes of status epilepticus in adults (see Box 15.1 and 15.3) 
  8. Outline management of status epilepticus. 
  9. List indications for head CT for first seizure. 




  1. List 5 properties of ictal events 
    1. Isoniazid Toxicity
    2. TCA Toxicity
    3. Eclampsia
    4. Hypoglycemia
    5. Hyponatremia 
  2. What medications are needed to treat seizing patients with the following:
  3. Name 3 key metabolic abnormalities that can cause seizures
  4. Name 3 common seizure provokers that can worsen pre-existing seizure disorders
  5. What percentage of patients with convulsive status epilepticus will develop non-convulsive status epilepticus?