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Dr. Manoj Mittal
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Febrile Convulsions (Definition)

Typically seen in young children, the first symptom is usually the seizure & then noticing the high temperature. It occurs because of a rapid rise of temperature and, what is thought to be, a rapid change in the polarization of nerve cells in the brain. It is important to be seen and evaluated to make sure there is nothing ...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?

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 is 22 mths and had is 2nd febrile seizure in 5 months. No family history of them. How could we prevent them? His fever was 103. Ear infection

My son is 22 mths and had is 2nd febrile seizure in 5 months. No family history of them. How could we prevent them? His fever was 103. Ear infection

Gotta control fevers: The BEST way to prevent the seizures is by taking precautions to avoid illnesses that will cause fevers to begin with but when that's not possible work aggressively to keep fevers down...cool compresses, luke warm baths when fevers go over 101 appropriate medications for the fever (rectal suppository Tylenol), cool drinks, etc. Antiepileptic meds to PREVENT seizures in this instance NOT INDICATED. ...Read more

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What is risk of my baby having epilepsy if there is a family history of epilepsy and I have seizures?

What is risk of my baby having epilepsy if there is a family history of epilepsy and I have seizures?

Depends on type: There are some rare inherited familial epilepsies, but most likely your child will be just fine, with just a slightly increased chance over that of the general popululation. ...Read more

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I've never had a seizure & don't have family history of epilepsy, but I avoid potentially seizure inducing visuals. Is this a totally irrational fear?

I've never had a seizure & don't have family history of epilepsy, but I avoid potentially seizure inducing visuals. Is this a totally irrational fear?

It seems a bit: irrational to me. I'm not sure if there are visual that could cause a seizure. Consider talking to a psychologist to understand why you are so concerned about having a seizure so that you can get over this fear. ...Read more

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If no family history and no head injury how rare would it be to have a gran mal seizure disorder?

If no family history and no head injury how rare would it be to have a gran mal seizure disorder?

Unusual : But several potential causes stroke tumor aneurysm febrile seizures in youth should be evaluated in my view. ...Read more

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My toddler has heart problems. She had about 5 seizures in the past. This seizure was caused by low sugar and febrile does she have epilepsy ?

See below: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...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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Is it true that seizures early in life due to a high fever but not epilepsy cause frequent fainting later in life?

Is it true that seizures early in life due to a high fever but not epilepsy cause frequent fainting later in life?

NO: I have never heard that. Febrile seizures in children under five years old are relatively common and I have never heard of such an association. Fainting can be caused by dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, low blood pressure, emotional response, and occasionally cardiac issues....And can occur any time in life. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes febrile seizures besides having a fever?

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

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


Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Epileptic seizures may occasionally result in loss of consciousness and confusion. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more