Status epilepticus is a rare but serious complication of idiopathic epilepsy in children. In adults it is often fatal. However, in twenty-two years of special interest in epilepsy one of us, M. G. P., had not seen a patient in whom the condition was fatal or resisted all treatment. A recent case is presented because status epilepticus developed after the child had been on a fasting diet for four days and because she did not respond to treatment that exhausted our resources.
REPORT OF A CASE
R. P., a white girl, was first seen by one of us (M.G.P.) Nov. 6, 1935, at 5 years of age. She had had convulsions for one year. Physical examination revealed only fatigue posture and dental caries. On the basis of the history and a description of the seizures a diagnosis of idiopathic epilepsy was made. The child was given a high fat (not