Reply To: GBS, CIDP, and Severe Seizures

December 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm

My father 80 yr old was diagnosed with GBS August 2013 and was recently re-diagnosed with CIDP. Last Monday afternoon he began having a series of seizures lasting about a minute each and was rushed to the ER where he had a couple more before being given Ativan which slowed is pulmonary function to the point that he needed CPR. He was having difficulty breathing so was given a CPAP mask and the additional oxygen helped him stabilize. Now in the ICU daily EEG show he is still having seizure activity but CAT scan and MRI yielded nothing. They are fixing to do a Lumbar puncture to check for meningitis and encephalitis. My guess is that will also yield nothing. He is on anti-seizure medication and supplemental oxygen. In the days leading up to the seizure event, he had been suffering from sleep apnea which seemed to have been getting worse. His stoma had not closed in the 5 months since trach removal and the pulmonologist hypothesized that his body is still needing the opening.