The Impact of Electroencephalographic (EEG) Seizure Treatment in Neonatal Encephalopathy

2014-08-27 03:17:26 | BioPortfolio


This is a prospective, randomized, single-center pilot trial of term and near term (≥ 36 weeks gestation) infants with encephalopathy or seizures comparing a "EEG Seizure Treatment Group" or ESG with a "Clinical Seizure Treatment Group" or CSG.

The investigators hypothesize that the accurate detection and treatment of EEG seizures will decrease the seizure burden and improve outcomes in newborn infants with seizures and/or hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).


This is a prospective, randomized, pilot trial of term and near term (≥ 36 weeks gestation) infants with encephalopathy or seizures comparing a "EEG Seizure Treatment Group" or ESG with a "Clinical Seizure Treatment Group" or CSG. Eligibility is based on clinical criteria for moderate/severe encephalopathy or seizures. We will recruit near term or term infants (≥ 36 weeks gestation) with a diagnosis of seizures or encephalopathy admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at St. Louis Children's Hospital within the first 72 hours of life. Infants will be randomized into an EEG Seizure Treatment Group (ESG) or a Clinical Seizure Treatment Group (CSG) (n=20 in each group). Patients in both groups will have EEG monitoring. While treating physicians will have access to EEG data in the ESG, no EEG data in the CSG will be available to the clinician for treatment of seizures. AED treatment will be initiated/escalated using stringent EEG seizure criteria (EST) or clinical criteria (CST) with the goal being seizure cessation. The specific AED, dosage, and duration of treatment is standardized in both groups. Monitoring will continue for a period of upto 96 hours in both arms. Other than the anticonvulsant drugs, treatment thresholds and dosing schedules, treatment in both arms will be at the discretion of the bedside physician.All infants will undergo an assessment of neuromotor disability and neurodevelopmental evaluation at 18 to 24 months.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment




EEG monitoring and treatment of EEG seizures


St. Louis Children's Hospital
St. Louis
United States


Not yet recruiting


Washington University School of Medicine

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:17:26-0400

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