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Febrile seizures in an adult patient. I thought only little kids have febrile seizures.?

Febrile seizures in an adult patient. I thought only little kids have febrile seizures.?

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

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)

A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...Read more


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Child 5years high fever?

Child 5years high fever?

Need more info: First priority is to make your child comfortable by bringing the fever down.In order to do this i need your child's weight and age to give you the right dosage. If sick looking go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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If my child has a fever, will he have a febrile seizure?

If my child has a fever, will he have a febrile seizure?

No: Febrile seizures are common in children between 6 months and 6 years of age. They occur when your child's temperature raises rapidly. So, no, not all children with fevers will have a febrile seizure. About one in twenty-five children in this age group will have a febrile seizure. But the risk is slightly higher if your child has a sibling who has had a febrile seizure in the past. ...Read more

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9mos 1st febrile seizure had pneumonia,2nd 1yr/1mos febrile seizure pneumonia again.EEG abnormal.Pedia put phenobarbital 1/4gr 2x/day. Right decision?

9mos 1st febrile seizure had pneumonia,2nd 1yr/1mos febrile seizure pneumonia again.EEG abnormal.Pedia put phenobarbital 1/4gr 2x/day. Right decision?

Seek referral to a : pediatric neurologist & obtain a developmental assessment to know benefits vs. risks of Phenobarbital, as it can cause behavior & learning problems. Recurrence of Febrile Seizures in 50% of tots who have their 1st at < 12 mos. & abnormal EEG's in 49% don't predict epilepsy. Having Developmental Delays &/or Cerebral Palsy prior to 1st febrile seizure increases risk of epilepsy from 2.9% to 40%. ...Read more

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Do adults get febrile seizures?

Do adults get febrile seizures?

No: By definition the upper age for febrile seizures is 7years. If an adult has a seizure with fever the illness causing lowered the threshold for seizure. You should speak with your doctor and see a neurologist ...Read more

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What actually causes a child to convulse when she has a febrile seizure?

What actually causes a child to convulse when she has a febrile seizure?

Seizure Activity: During a febrile seizure, the brain is responding to the increased body temperature. Seizure activity (in general) is caused by a focal point of "hyper-activity" in a part of the brain, in response to the fever. ...Read more

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Do petit mal seizures lower a child's i.Q.?

Do petit mal seizures lower a child's i.Q.?

If untreated: Untreated petit mal will impair learning due to priods of non responsiveness. ...Read more

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A child had 3 febrile seizure started phenobarbital when he's 1yr, after a year of medication no seizure episode and EEG normal.When 2 stop taking PB?

A child had 3 febrile seizure started phenobarbital when he's 1yr, after a year of medication no seizure episode and EEG normal.When 2 stop taking PB?

Under supervision!: Factors you should consider include your child's overall health, his immunization status, how old he was when he had his last seizure and how certain his doctor is that these were truly febrile seizures. If you get the "go ahead", I recommend tapering the PB over 1-2 weeks, while watching out for signs of infection or unusual behavior and being prepared to treat a fever quickly if one develops. ...Read more

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My 8 year old son had febrile seizures at 3 due to underlying ear infection. he had a seizure due to food poisoning and fever - Is this febrile?

Wording matters: A febrile seizure is triggered by the fever & often comes on before you know the kid is sick.The label is usually reserved for infants & toddlers before school age.If a kid has a seizure when they are older,it begins to cross into the "seizure with fever" rather than because of fever.This subgroup can go on to face seizures for their lifetime.A thorough evaluation/discussion with his doc is needed ...Read more

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Supraventicilar tachycardia and violent seizure with fever?

Supraventicilar tachycardia and violent seizure with fever?

Fever complications: I think what you're asking is if supraventricular tachycardia and/or seizures can occur with fevers? Both can occur if the fever is high enough, especially in children. ...Read more

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Is a febrile seizure followed by a non-febrile seizure?

Is a febrile seizure followed by a non-febrile seizure?

Little risk: there is no increase in epilepsy risk after a single febrile seizure. Even with multiple simple febrile seizures the risk goes from 1/2 to 1 percent. ...Read more

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2 episodes of febrile seizure due to pneumonia (9mons)(1y/o).EEG is seizure disorder.now his 15mos.is that right to put on phenobarbital 1/4 gr 2x/day?

Febrile seizure: The febrile seizures were probably seizures with fever. Having a temperature lowers the seizure threshold in those who have a seizure disorder. In essence, it wasnt febrile seizures that caused the seizure disorder. The phenobarbital sounds right for a starting dose, however it is a good idea to measure the level in the blood and make sure it is therapeutic. ...Read more

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My son aged 2 year and 2months had febrile seizure 3 days ago,he is on fever med and antibiotic,is there any chance of developing febrile seizure agai?

My son aged 2 year and 2months had febrile seizure 3 days ago,he is on fever med and antibiotic,is there any chance of developing febrile seizure agai?

Yes: Of children with febrile seizures, 15 to 70% will have a second seizure. Risk is increased with family history of febrile seizure, less than 18 months at onset, and short duration of fever. More details on recurrence here... http://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0115/p149.html ...Read more

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10month baby. Has fever taking ibuprofen prescribed by doctor.fever rise 1hr before his medicine must be taken.will fever damage his brain?&go crazy

10month baby. Has fever taking ibuprofen prescribed by doctor.fever rise 1hr before his medicine must be taken.will fever damage his brain?&go crazy

No: Fever is the body's way of fighting infection--it is a sign of something going on.Give the baby tylenol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen only if it is above 102 and not responding to tylenol (acetaminophen) because ibuprofen can be hard on the stomach.Fevers can sometimes cause babies to have a seizure but that does not damage the brain.If the fever is due to meningitis--a serious brain infection there may be damage. ...Read more

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6 year old child has sudden onset of fever and rapid breathing. What might he have caught?

6 year old child has sudden onset of fever and rapid breathing.  What might he have caught?

Many causes: Any cause of fever can increase respiratory rate. This could be a sign of pneumonia or other serious bacterial infections. Fever and shortness of breath or difficult breathing is an even more concerning set of signs. The significance of these signs is dependent on the height of the fever and the severity of disturbed breathing. You should discuss this with your health care provider. ...Read more

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Child has pnemonia still low grade fever while antibiotics is that ok?

Child has pnemonia still low grade fever while antibiotics is that ok?

Depends: Continued fever with pneumonia while already on oral antibiotics can be of concern. It may be indicative of a pleural effusion (fluid in the lining of the lung). It can also just mean you need to give the antibiotics more time to work. I suggest discussing this with your doctor and getting a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Todd 1st Febrile symptoms 9mos bcoz of High Fever cause Pneumonia 2nd FS 14mos Pneumonia again. Is that possible he have Epilepsy?

Todd 1st Febrile symptoms 9mos bcoz of High Fever cause Pneumonia 2nd FS 14mos Pneumonia again. Is that possible he have Epilepsy?

Unlikely: If he had one seizure each time he was ill and has been well and seizure free between illnesses he likely does not have epilepsy but rather febrile seizures. Characteristics include short duration of seizure associated with fever(less than 15 minutes), short period of post seizure confusion, Normal development, growth and overall health, no non febrile seizures. ...Read more

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What are you supposed to do if your child goes into seizures from fever?

What are you supposed to do if your child goes into seizures from fever?

Take them to peds.: Your child should be seen asap by a pediatrician or family doctor. This may be febrile seizures, but could also represent CNS infection or other serious conditions. Do not try to manage this at home. ...Read more

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My child aged one and half years , and had a seizure without any fever? He looks fine, so what could it be?

My child aged one and half years , and had a seizure without any fever?  He looks fine, so what could it be?

Many things: This baby should be seen with some urgency by a pediatrician and/or a pediatric neurologist. Too many potential diagnoses, several of which can be quite severe, for them to be listed here. ...Read more

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What causes seizures at the age of 21 month in a boy child when his fever was only 100.9 degrees?

What causes seizures at the age of 21 month in a boy child when his fever was only 100.9 degrees?

Febrile seizure: Febrile seizures are not dependent upon the height of the fever. You can have a febrile seizure at 100.9 derees, and you can not have one at a temperature of 104 degrees. As long as it is an uncomplicated seizure, just keep child well hydrated and get plenty of rest. Likely has more to do with which virus is causing the illness rather than the height of the fever. ...Read more

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What causes a fever seizure in a child and how is this different than epilepsy?

What causes a fever seizure in a child and how is this different than epilepsy?

Febrile seizure: Febrile seizures are usually benign episodes. They consist of muscle twitching, or jerking movements. This is usually a condition children outgrow. The rapid development of high fever can lead to their onset. They are differentiated from epilepsy by an eeg ie electroencephalogram. ...Read more

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If all the kids in my family get seizures when they run a fever, does that mean my baby will have seizures?

If all the kids in my family get seizures when they run a fever, does that mean my baby will have seizures?

Yes: Febrile seizures do run in families, but i don't think that means your baby will definitely be prone to these. I recommend you read about these and learn 1st aid for seizures, just in case. Keep in mind that though they can be scary febrile seizures do not cause any damage. ...Read more

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What should I do if my child is having a febrile seizure?

What should I do if my child is having a febrile seizure?

Place on side: While he is convulsing, place him on his side. Don't try to stop the convulsions and don't put anything in his mouth. Also keep an eye on the clock. If the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes, call 911. After the seizure has stopped, take your child to a physician immediately to rule out the presence of a serious infection. ...Read more

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What actually causes a child to convulse when she has a febrile seizure?

Seizure Activity: During a febrile seizure, the brain is responding to the increased body temperature. Seizure activity (in general) is caused by a focal point of "hyper-activity" in a part of the brain, in response to the fever. ...Read more

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Are there longterm risks for a child who experienced febrile seizures?

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

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What must I do when my child has a febrile seizure?

What must I do when my child has a febrile seizure?

Go to ER immediately: Child will need immediate work-up with blood and urine cultures and tests plus lumbar puncture to diagnose cause and be started on appropriate parenteral broad spectrum antibiotics asap. ...Read more

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What to do with a child who is having a febrile seizure?

See doc ASAP.ER?: This is a serious issue-take to your peds or er, asap! ...Read more

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If my older child had febrile seizures should I expect my newborn to have them, too?

No, but...: If a sibling has experienced febrile seizures, it is more likely the other siblings will have them, but it is still a rather uncommon occurrence, and though it is scary to experience it should not be considered to be a sign of something ominous. Good luck! ...Read more

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What can increase a child's chances of recurrent febrile seizures?

Febrile episodes: Any febrile illness or vaccination especially combined one, e.g., mmrv, can trigger febrile seizure in febrile seizure-prone child. One assuring fact is that once child reaches 6 years old, he/she no longer experiences febrile seizure. ...Read more

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Possible for my 6y child to suffer from a first time febrile seizure early on in pneumonia?

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

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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

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Can child with history of febrile seizures present with symptoms of adhd?

Can child with history of febrile seizures present with symptoms of adhd?

Yes. ADHD and : seizures can overlap in symptoms but are usually considered to be co-morbid;that is,can co-exist at the same time. A psychiatrist can help in these areas. ...Read more

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A child had 3 febrile seizure started phenobarbital when he's 1yr, after a year of medication no seizure episode and EEG normal.When 2 stop taking PB?

Under supervision!: Factors you should consider include your child's overall health, his immunization status, how old he was when he had his last seizure and how certain his doctor is that these were truly febrile seizures. If you get the "go ahead", I recommend tapering the PB over 1-2 weeks, while watching out for signs of infection or unusual behavior and being prepared to treat a fever quickly if one develops. ...Read more

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Baby seizures 7mo old no fever just eye movement an trembling does it require er?

Baby seizures 7mo old no fever just eye movement an trembling does it require er?

Seizure: Seizure is abnormal electrical activity in brain due to many reasons. If your baby does not have fever then calling it febrile seizure is not right. Eye rolling and trembling/shaking together is not a common activity in babies. Your baby should be seen by er physician to find out the cause of this seizure. ...Read more

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What's a febrile seizure in a baby?

What's a febrile seizure in a baby?

Febrile seizure: A febrile seizure is a combo of 1. fever 2. loss of consciousness 3. convulsive seizure. It normally occurs in a small child, once or twice, and has a very good prognosis. http://www.neurocuro.com/febrile-seizure/ ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsion = violent, involuntary contraction(s) of the muscles which may occur due ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more