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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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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 can cause febrile seizures besides having a fever?

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

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What causes a febrile seizure?

The rise of fever: Febrile seizures are common in children, about 5% of the population. They are generally a combination of how fast the fever rises and a genetic predisposition. Very few children with febrile seizures go on to have epilepsy, but that is still being studied. ...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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My question is what causes febrile seizures besides having a fever?

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

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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

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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?

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?

??: Febrile seizure often affects infants and young children, and seizure is frightening to the caregivers. About 1/3 of them experience recurrence(s), any long-term neurological sequelae is rare. ...Read more

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Can febrile seizures cause permanent brain damage?

Can febrile seizures cause permanent brain damage?

Usually not: To call the seizure as a febrile seizure, the age of the child should be between 6 mo and 6 yrs, the seizure should be associated with the sudden raise of high temp, the sizure should be generalized and less than 15 mins, even if it is prolonged and it was purely a febrile seizure, it does not cause permanent brain injury. ...Read more

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Can febrile seizures cause permanent brain damage in a person?

Definition issue: By definition, febrile seizures are considered benign, lasting only minutes & not leading to respiratory compromise. As long as the brain & heart get oxygen, the chances of death or disability is remote & kids outgrow them. However, some kids with epilepsy will have a seizure with a fever, & carry a fsz label but go on to have major seizures with damage as they get older. ...Read more

Family History (Definition)

A family history consists of information about disorders suffered by the relatives of a patient. The history can help the patient identify diseases that he or she may be susceptible to, and help the patient to ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more