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Adult Febrile Seizures
Febrile convulsions are seizures (fits or convulsions) occurring in children aged 6 months to 5 years, associated with fever, without other underlying cause such as CNS infection or electrolyte imbalance. The mechanisms are unknown. It is uncertain whether the degree of fever or the rate of rise of temperature is a trigger in ...Read more
Can adults get febrile seizures? And if so, how severe can these seizures get? Do they only happen at really high temperatures, or any temperature?
Poor term: Febrile seizure is a term used to describe a process in childhood where their immature nervous system can develop benign seizures with febrile stress. It would never be applied to an adult with a mature nervous system. Childhood seizures are often benign, while adult seizures are not. Any seizure patient is more likely to have a seizure if they have a fever. ...Read more
How many years to cure the febrile seizure's in kids and adults? What r drugs to cure age 6+ and completed 15+ episodes of fits patient's?
Fever as stress: Fever/illness/lack of sleep etc., all stress factors can set off a seizure in one prone to seizures. To call the adult event a "febrile seizure" is a misuse of a term limited by convention to a benign childhood condition. A more accepted term would be a seizure associated with fever and its long term prognosis would be much different.. ...Read more
What are some possible side effects (if any) experienced in adults because of having many febrile seizures as a small child?
Definition issue: Febrile seizures are innocent problems of an immature nervous system that kids grow out of & don't produce learning disabilities or other issues in adulthood. The problem comes with the overlap with a true seizure disorder of early childhood. Infants or children that go on to have epilepsy in their teens or adulthood can also have seizures during fever.Once you go > 3 fs I worry about epilepsy. ...Read more
Febrile seizures in an adult patient in the icu with a head injury and early onset pneumonia, make sense?
No one knows: It is believed that the young child's body produces potent toxins when they get ill. These are referred to as cytokines. These agents cause the child to react with feeling miserable and perhaps developing fever. These agents can irritate the brain and body to produce seizure like activity. The effects are fully reversible. Our over reaction often makes more injury than the initial illness. ...Read more
Self Resolve: Febrile seizure can happen in young children when their temperature rises rapidly. It is usually brief, and generalized (affects the entire body). There's no long term consequences. Febrile seizure that lasts longer than 5 minutes or starts/affects just one part of the body needs medical attention. ...Read more
Cure for febrile sz:
For most people, febrile seizure occurs once or twice. Aging will lead to this condition disappearing, there is no treatment needed in these cases.
In rare cases, normally for situations when febrile seizures occur more than two times, or if the EEG is abnormal, medicine may be used to prevent seizures. ...Read more
Febrile seizures: Usually occur between 6 months to 6 years old. They are frightening but they are harmless. Twice more in boys than in girls ...Read more
Temperature change: Febrile seizures are believed to be precipitated by rapid changes in body temperature that occur when the fever is developing, or when temperatures abruptly drop (this is why we don't recommend very cold baths or alcohol rubs for fevers). That being said, a child with tendencies to febrile seizures can have an episode before the fever has fully developed. ...Read more
By definition: Seizures in young children associated with high fevers are termed "febrile seizures". The prognosis for the future is usually very positive. If a young child has a seizure without a fever, I would be suspicious for an underlying cause for epilepsy, and further testing would be indicated. ...Read more
More common!: More common, than if it hadn't occured. Usually the frequency is not high, but it is more common! ...Read more
Usually not: Seizures of any sort are very scary for parents to witness! Luckily, seizures (sz) that only happen in the setting of fever are usually not damaging. Phew! More serious things to watch for: sz with no fever, febrile sz in child w other neurodevelopmental issues, sz that seems to start in one part of the body vs whole body shaking, multiple sz in a day or >15 min. Then chat w md about future risks. ...Read more
Simple or complex?: Simple febrile seizures can run in families. With complex febrile seizures one sees focal neurological deficits after the seizure or the seizures are prolonged or occur in clusters. It is more likely that there is some underlying pathology with the latter (developmental disorder, vascular malformation, etc) the eeg is likely to be abnormal between seizures. ...Read more
Analysis: Expect that the teenager experienced the febrile seizures, when very young, and in most cases these are self-limited, and do not recur later. The risk for future epileptic events is quite rare under the circumstances. ...Read more
Yes: A common definition includes development of a brief <5min seizure that occurs in kids 6m-6yr associated with rapid rise of temperature. A common scene is a child found shaking & parents realizing they were febrile when they pick them up. More details would be needed to properly label the event but it could occur. ...Read more
Our son has had 2 febrile seizures in the past should I be worried that this will occur with every high temp?
Not really.: Febrile seizures occur in about 2% of children and do not have a risk of causing harm unless very prolonged; it's not so much how high his temperature goes, but rather how fast it goes up. Having a history of febrile seizures only minimally increases the risk of later being diagnosed with epilepsy. ...Read more
Our son has had reoccuring febrile seizures besides fever controling meds is there anything else we can do to keep temp under control?
Son had febrile seizure caused him to have 4 in less than 2 hours and its been 5 days now he has no fever. This morning he woke up with 97.1 96.9?
What possible complication if your continuously taking PB for 2yrs. Even after a year no febrile seizures episodes happened? Pt: 15mos/old (3mos n PB)
Risks & Benefits: Simple febrile seizure is a benign and common event in children between the ages of 6 and 60 months. Nearly all children have an excellent outcomes. The adverse effects of phenobarbital include hyperactivity, irritability, lethargy, sleep disturbances, and hypersensitivity reactions. So the benefit of protecting the child from febrile seizures needs to be weighed against these side effects. ...Read more
GP/FP/PED primary: This problem is so common (1/20 kids) that most primare care practices deal with the routein cases. In the few that have unusual presentations, prolonged events or significant parental fears, I will call on my pedi neurology collegues to help. If nothing else the process of having that second opinion agree with my DX makes everybody more comfortable with what can be a scarry process. ...Read more