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'rum fits'Substance abuse Generalized alcohol withdrawal-related convulsions that present as status epilepticus, seen in chronic alcoholics 12-48 hrs after a major decline in blood alcohol levels Clinical Hypocapnia and hypomagnesemia have a postulated but unproven role;1⁄3 of cases progress to delirium tremens. See Alcoholism. Delirium tremens. Cf 'Cold turkey. '.
A colloquial phrase for alcohol withdrawal seizures. Most occur during the 7- to 48-hr period following abstinence. There may be a single seizure, but most occur in bursts of two to six. These seizures do not represent latent epilepsy.