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It has been suggested that early myoclonic status after cardiorespiratory arrest is an agonal event. Here we describe three cases who developed early myoclonic status during a coma after cardiorespiratory arrest due to acute asthma. As consciousness improved, each patient developed Lance-Adams type multifocal myoclonus, but the eventual outcome was satisfactory. Only one patient needed assistance to walk, and all three were self caring. One patient had persistent dyscalculia. Early myoclonic status is not necessarily an agonal event, particularly when it follows arrest due to acute asthma or asphyxia.


Journal article


J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry

Publication Date





267 - 268


Adult, Epilepsies, Myoclonic, Female, Heart Arrest, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Respiratory Insufficiency, Time Factors