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Archives of internal medicine

Ceftazidime-related nonconvulsive status epilepticus.


PMID 8122952

Abstract

The third-generation cephalosporin, ceftazidime, is widely used for the treatment of serious gram-negative infections. As is true of cephalosporins in general, reported adverse effects have been few. We report a case of ceftazidime-induced status epilepticus in a patient with Pseudomonas aeruginosa meningitis and compare the clinical manifestations of this case with those of two previously described cases of ceftazidime-related encephalopathy. This diagnosis should be entertained and an electroencephalogram should be obtained in all patients with myoclonus and/or altered mental status while they are receiving ceftazidime therapy.