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

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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Dr. Manoj Mittal
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Febrile Convulsions (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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With no epilepsy history in family how rare is it to have gran mal seizures?

With no epilepsy history in family how rare is it to have gran mal seizures?

About 1/10...: About 10% of the population will have a seizure in their lifetime. Epilepsy, defined as more than one seizure, is diagnosed in 1-3 % in the population. Grand mal seizures may be due to exposure/withdrawal of certain medications, toxins, fever (in children), illnesses (e.g. Encephalitis), head injury, or even low blood sugar, calcium, magnesium or sodium. Your doctor should evaluate soon! ...Read more

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Hi,I'm 30 years of age.I suffer from petit mal epilepsy.I would like to know how many absence seizures occur a day?

Hi,I'm 30 years of age.I suffer from petit mal epilepsy.I would like to know how many absence seizures occur a day?

Absence seizures: Typically last 1-3 seconds and may occur up to 200 or more times a day. One is unaware of their lapses as it is a generalized seizure. Ethosuccamide and Valproate are treatments. ( may Worsen with sodium channel drugs like Lamictal . partial complex epilepsy and JME are much more common in a 30 year old than " petit mal" which if not part of JME syndrome typically is outgrown by age 14 ...Read more

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What causes a febrile seizure?

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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Hi,I have petit mal.does atypical absences seizures causes learning difficulties.

Hi,I have petit mal.does atypical absences seizures causes learning difficulties.

Yes: Having frequent absence seizures can interfere with being aware of what is being taught and interfere with learning ...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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Hi,I would like to know does absence generalized epilepsy causes psychosis.

Hi,I would like to know does absence generalized epilepsy causes psychosis.

Seizures are the...: Seizures are the result of abnormalities in the brain structure, imbalances in brain chemistry or electrical signals, etc... Seizures are not the cause of the brain problems, but rather the person's brain problems may be causing her seizures. That means true seizures and psychosis can both be due to some other brain problems, but true seizures and psychosis are not causing one another. ...Read more

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Hi,I would like to know does absence seizures cause mental retardation.

Hi,I would like to know does absence seizures cause mental retardation.

Seizures are the...: Seizures are the result of abnormalities in the brain structure, imbalances in brain chemistry or electrical signals, etc... Seizures are not the cause of the brain problems, but rather the person's brain problems may be causing the seizures. That means seizures and mental retardation can both be due to some other brain problem, but the seizures and mental retardation are not causing one another. ...Read more

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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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Had one brief tonic clonic seizure with a fever as an infant . In late teens developed partial and then generalized seizures. Possible connection?

Had one brief tonic clonic seizure with a fever as an infant . In late teens developed partial and then generalized seizures. Possible connection?

Epilepsy progression: There are two types of seizures with fever, simple febrile seizures and seizures precipitated by fever. It sounds like you had the latter. In that case, the development of partial seizures without or with secondary generalization is common. That you have an aura indicates the generalized seizure represent secondary generalization from a partial seizure focus. ...Read more

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Is it possible for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms to worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Yes.: While JME is often fairly easy to treat (80+ percent of cases) there are cases which are terribly difficult to get under control. This may be perceived as worsening after the first identified seizure...which often is the first convulsion. ...Read more

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Could juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Could juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Could : Most folks with jme respond well to modest doses of depakote, but a small percentage have difficult-to-control seizures. It might seem like it gets worse after the first convulsion simply because the convulsions don't come under control. ...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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Do grand mal seizures cause brain damage in children?

Do grand mal seizures cause brain damage in children?

Seizure: A seizure may already be due to an underlying brain condition. On the other hand uncontrolled seizure can cause brain damage as well. ...Read more

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How to know the difference,aura migraine and aura seizure?Get no headache.Dizzy,blind,confused,hot,speech prob,heart palput.dad had grand mal seizure.

How to know the difference,aura migraine and aura seizure?Get no headache.Dizzy,blind,confused,hot,speech prob,heart palput.dad had grand mal seizure.

Hard to tell: The best way to tell would be either having an EEG while you have the symptoms, or having a headache or a seizure after the symptoms. But if these symptoms are isolated, and this is all the information we have, it cannot be definitely called a seizure or a migraine aura. ...Read more

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Does a seizure produced by sudden withdrawal of Dilantin prove epilepsy?

Does a seizure produced by sudden withdrawal of Dilantin prove epilepsy?

Why initial Rx?: I have to assume that you were put on Dilantin because of the concern for epilepsy. It would be appropriate to discuss this with your doctor. If you have bad effects from dilantin, there are many new medications that are as good and with much less side effects. It sounds that you need medication, but may benefit from a change. Discuss options with our doctor. ...Read more

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Possible causes of a tonic-clonic seizure in 32 year old woman with no previous seizures or any neurological issues of any sort?

Possible causes of a tonic-clonic seizure in 32 year old woman with no previous seizures or any neurological issues of any sort?

Irritability: Inflammation and irritability of brain (nervous system) causes seizures. Change diet and lifestyle to prevent future episodes. Avoid grain, lentils, milk protein containing foods. Consume flesh foods, eggs, olive/coconut/avocado oil, grass fed butter, vegetables, minimal fruit. Get sunshine for 30-45 min daily or vitamin D3 10,000 IU/day, probiotics. Exercise for at least 10-15 minutes/day. ...Read more

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Can peanut butter increase seizures frequency for someone with a risk of having seizures already? (brain tumor)

Can peanut butter increase seizures frequency for someone with a risk of having seizures already? (brain tumor)

No, not at all: No, peanut butter does not affect the chances of having a seizure. These things do increase the chances of a seizure: 1. sleep deprivation 2. infection 3. alcohol withdrawal 4. sudden cessation of anticonvulsant medication ...Read more

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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. Jeb Teichman
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Febrile Seizure (Definition)

Seizure that occurs due to fever. Seen in children under 5 yrs of age. Benign type of seizure ...Read more