Periodic epileptiform discharges clarified for the nonneurologist intensivist

Shouri Lahiri, Alexis D. Boro, Ariel L. Shiloh, Mark J. Milstein, Richard H. Savel

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Periodic epileptiform discharges (PEDs) are frequently encountered during continuous electroencephalography monitoring in the intensive care unit. Their implications and management are variable and highly dependent on the clinical context. This article is intended for the nonneurologist intensivist, reviews basic terminology and clinical implications (including causes, prognosis, and association with seizures), and suggests an approach to management. Several case vignettes are included to illustrate the clinical variability associated with PEDs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-391
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Intensive Care Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 11 2015


  • EEG
  • PLEDs
  • periodic epileptiform discharges
  • seizures
  • status epilepticus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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