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Absent status epileptics and in medically induced coma facing continuous seizures. Please advise on how to proceed in getting a second opinion?

Hi! My cousin is in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator in an Atlanta hospital. He's 38 years old and has absent status epilepticus. After brain surgery a few years ago, he has a lot of scar tissue and has hydrocephalus and has been having continuous seizures since he's been in the hospital. The medical staff where is has been trying to encourage my aunt (his mom) to place him in a nursing home/ or hospice. She's desperate to get a second opinion but doesn't know how to go about doing it. BTW, she's planning on placing him in hospice on Friday if she's unable to further help. Can you please give us some indication on how to proceed with getting a second opinion, or a referral? Thank you.
Asked On : Fri, 11 Oct 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013
Thank you for posting your query.

For second opinion, we require details of his MRI brain, EEG reports, and a medical summary as prepared by his treating doctor.

It is possible that he is having recurrent seizures due to old scar tissue.
In that case, he would need treatment with anti-epileptic drugs.

I hope it helps. Please get back if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
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Answered: Wed, 13 Nov 2013
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