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What are the tests for neonatal seizures?

What are the tests for neonatal seizures?

Evaluation: Evaluation includes the observation of the episodes by nurses and physicians, an electroencephalogram (EEG), and neuroimaging (head ultrasound, MRI). there are tests of blood chemistries, blood tests and lumbar puncture to determine if an infection is causing the seizures. ...Read more

Dr. Cristina Carballo
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Neonatal Seizures (Definition)

Seizures or convulsions that occurs in infants under one month of age. The most common cause of neonatal seizures is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy or HIE. HIE is a brain injury that occurs with a lack of oxygen. Neonatal seizures can be focal, limited to one part of the body, or generalized, ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of neonatal seizures?

What are the symptoms of neonatal seizures?

See below: Partial seizure episodes, rhythmic movement of arms or legs. They do not get generalized seizures. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Neonatal seizures?

Neonatal seizures: Seizures or convulsions that occurs in infants under one month of age. The most common cause of neonatal seizures is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy or HIE. HIE is a brain injury that occurs with a lack of oxygen. Neonatal seizures can be focal, limited to one part of the body, or generalized, occur on entire body. ...Read more

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Is there a correlation between abnormally large head circumference and an increased chance of neonatal seizures?

Is there a correlation between abnormally large head circumference and an increased chance of neonatal seizures?

Increased pressure: Head circumferences that increase rapidly (can be followed on the head circumference growth chart) can be associated with neonatal seizures if increased intracranial pressure is present. ...Read more

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My one year boy had a episode of loc, his doctor diagnosed him for seizure due to occipital gliosis (due to neonatal hypoglycemia), is that curable?

My one year boy had a episode of loc, his doctor diagnosed him for seizure due to occipital gliosis (due to neonatal hypoglycemia), is that curable?

Cure epilepsy?: If your child has only 1 episode of loss of consciousness (? A seizure), a normal eeg, the risk of recurrence is somewhat higher than 50%. I do not have enough information to understand the significance of the mri.
Studies have shown if a child with a seizure disorder goes from 2 to 4 years free of seizures, up to 70% will not have a recurrence when medication is weaned. ...Read more

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What should I do if my newborn has a seizure?

What should I do if my newborn has a seizure?

Call doctor or 911: Seizures in newborn infants are not common, and could signal a serious condition. Signs of seizures in your newborn include lip smacking, eye or lip twitching, eye deviation, and arms and leg rigidity. If any of these happen, call your doctor or 911, since you don't know how long the seizure will last. Causes of newborn seizures include infections, low sugar, and certain genetic conditions. ...Read more

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How common are fever-related seizures in newborns?

How common are fever-related seizures in newborns?

Rare: The age range for febrile seizure is normally considered to be 6 months to 6 years of age. ...Read more

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

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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Can subtle seizures in a newborn be caused by HSV 2?

Can subtle seizures in a newborn be caused by HSV 2?

Very unlikely: If the child had obvious neonatal herpes within a month of age (he would have been extremely ill), residual brain damage could result in seizures at age 1 year. But that's much too late for a herpes infection to be the direct cause of seizures. Of course the child should be carefully checked by his pediatriican, but I see no reason for concern about herpes. ...Read more

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Symptoms of a seizure in newborn, how it is different from REM sleep?

Variable!: Normal birth and delivery? If in doubt discuss with your pediatrician new born has very prolonged periods of rem, seizures are short lived events, as a rule? ...Read more

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My 2 week newborn sometime breaths heavily and gasps for air and his eyes move around is this a seizure?

My 2 week newborn sometime breaths heavily and gasps for air and his eyes move around is this a seizure?

Immature neurology: Newborns neurological systems are not mature for several months. During that time, it is not unusual to see unusual eye movements. I would recommend an evaluation by his pediatrician concerning his breathing difficulties. ...Read more

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Can a seizure in a newborn baby cause bone fracture in any parts of the body?

Can a seizure in a newborn baby cause bone fracture in any parts of the body?

I've never seen it: Most seizure activity in newborns is not as violent or intense as that of adults since the nervous system is not wired up & complete.Infant seizures are more likely to appear as brief tremors or lip smacking. The most common fracture in newborns is the clavicle, which is related to the trauma of delivery. Other fx's would be cause to look for brittle bone disease or trauma. ...Read more

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What is the drug of choice in treating absence seizures?

What is the drug of choice in treating absence seizures?

Whatever works: Several medications have been successful in treating absence seizures. In children this may be ethosuximide, valproate, lamictal, etc. In adults with focal abnormalities this may include trileptal, vimpat, (lacosamide) zonegran, etc. A quality eeg is necessary, and a good neurological evaluation is necessary. ...Read more

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Epilepsey what are the good medicines for treating epilepsey / seizures in today's technology

Several: It is important to determine what type of seizures you have. Although some anti seizure meds will handle multiple seizure types, some meds are better for certain types of seizures (generalized vs. Focal). A mismatch between seizure type and antiseizure meds could make seizures worse. Many seizure meds work well and do not cause significant side effects. Discuss individual details with your md. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can prescription drugs cause seizures?

Help plz! Can prescription drugs cause seizures?

Some: Prescription medications could potentially lower seizure threshold. ...Read more

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It necessary to take medicine for mini seizures and are mini seizures considered epilepsy?

It necessary to take medicine for mini seizures and are mini seizures considered epilepsy?

Generic answer: Not familiar with the term "mini seizure", but let's assume you imply a focal limited seizure which does not usually generalize. Yes, these should absolutely be treated, as there is always a risk of dysfunction which could lead to harm, generalization which could cause convulsion and injury, and lastly perhaps most critical, the phenomenon of sudden death in epilepsy. ...Read more

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Overdose+life+supportdoes having seizures while on life support after drug overdose have meaning (good or bad)?

Overdose+life+supportdoes having seizures while on life support after drug overdose have meaning (good or bad)?

Acute vs subsequent: Acute seizures during the overdose indicate toxic state or withdrawal state. This may resolve with good supportive care. Subsequent seizures usually indicate severe brain damage with bad outcome. ...Read more

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Can perpehnazine cause a seizure if im only taking 1 mg a day? Is there a drug for schriz with no side effects of potential seizures?

Can perpehnazine cause a seizure if im only taking 1 mg a day? Is there a drug for schriz with no side effects of potential seizures?

Yes but unlikely. NO: Among all medications for schizophrenia (antipsychotics/ old and new), perphenazine is mild and least likely to cause seizures at the dose you are taking. All medications available till now can potentially make seizures worse. ...Read more

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My daughter now 5 is been administered with levipil daily 2ml for once she had an seizure attack way back in october 2012, is it a good medicine?

My daughter now 5 is been administered with levipil daily 2ml for once she had an seizure attack way back in october 2012, is it a good medicine?

Re-evaluate need: Based on the circumstances you describe, I would question the need for your daughter to be on medication. A single, brief, seizure-like episode and she has since been fine now for nearly a year and a half. I think it is time to speak to her doctor about tapering her off of the medication and then observing to see how she does. ...Read more

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What anesthetic drugs percipitate seizures.?

What anesthetic drugs percipitate seizures.?

Very Few..: Very few actually precipitate (cause) seizures, although many anesthetic drugs and drugs administered in the "peri-operative. Period" do lower the seizure threshold. This might "increase" the possibility of a seizure if these drugs were given in unusually large amounts, which they rarely are...Narcotics, ketamine, anticholinergics, antihistamines, insulin, some antibiotics. No worry! ...Read more

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Is Dilantin still one of the best drugs to treat seizures?

Dilantin: Dilantin is a good medication for seizures. There are newer medications that may have fewer side effects. However, if you have been taking Dilantin for years and your seizures are controlled, I am of the opinion "if it a'int broke don't fix it." ...Read more

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What can I expect when a person is taken to the hospital when they have a drug/alcohol induced seizure?

What can I expect when a person is taken to the hospital when they have a drug/alcohol induced seizure?

Drug/alcohol related: ...Seizures are more likely to result in death than natural seizures. The brain is more likely to be starved for air even before the seizure starts, and stopped breathing is more common. ...Read more

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On phenobarbitone fr 9months since day9 of birth aftr suffering seizure. No further seizure till date. Mri normal. Wen can I stop the drug?

On phenobarbitone fr 9months since day9 of birth aftr suffering seizure. No further seizure till date. Mri normal. Wen can I stop the drug?

NEONATAL SEIZURE: I advise to do EEG, if EEG will be normal so Phenobarbital may be weaned off gradually over weeks and then a follow up with the neurologist is recommended closely 2-4 weeks after the medicine is completely weaned off. ...Read more

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Hi I've got epilepsy I was just curious in case I ever have a seizure what causes seizures is it possible to have one on epilepsy medicine.?

Hi I've got epilepsy I was just curious in case I ever have a seizure what causes seizures is it possible to have one on epilepsy medicine.?

Many causes: Many causes for the different types of epilepsy. Yes you can have breakthrough seizures on medication. Many people do fine with proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean when every muscle in your body tightens up and you have this seizure like episode and can't move for a good 5-10 mins? (Drugs used)

Could be drugs: Which drugs did you use? I would advise you to seek drug rehab now to get off of the drugs. It sounds like the drugs induced a seizure, Next time it could kill you. ...Read more

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I'm in Lamictol for seizures. Would this affect a drug test? & I have smoke pot for several yrs (small amnts) haven't smoked in 2 weeks, would it show?

I'm in Lamictol for seizures. Would this affect a drug test? & I have smoke pot for several yrs (small amnts) haven't smoked in 2 weeks, would it show?

Cannabis: Would show up on a screen for drugs of abuse but not on most standard tests. Single use of marijuana should be out of your urine in 1 to 7 days. Regular use of marijuana – should be out of urine in 7 to 100 days. Single use marijuana can be detected 12 to 24 hours in blood. Regular use marijuana can be detected for 2 to 7 days in blood. Marijuana regular use detected in hair for months. Single _ ...Read more

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Is having a schizophrenic episode or an epileptic seizure anything like a hallucinogen drug?

Schizoph./Seizure: Acute psychotic phase of schizophrenia, and during the aura phase of a seizure, it can be similar to hallucinogenic experience, although duration varies. ...Read more

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I had a seizure last year and I am treating with fenitoin and it works what do you think about this medicine?

I had a seizure last year and I am treating with fenitoin and it works what do you think about this medicine?

Phenytoin: Is an older anti epileptic drug. It is used for GTC and partial seizures. The drug level has to be monitored periodically to minimize chances of toxicity. It has long term side effects to watch out for including gum hypertrophy and osteoporosis, if well tolerated could be very effective. Since is controlling your epilepsy without adverse effects change may not be indicated ...Read more

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What happens if I have a history of seizures but have it controlled with medecine, can I still join either the army/marines?

No: "Epilepsy (345) occurring beyond the 6 th birthday, unless the applicant has been free of seizures for a period of 5 years while taking no medication for seizure control, and has a normal electroencephalogram (EEG) is disqualifying. All such applicants will have a current neurology consultation with current EEG results." See: http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/neurological. Htm ...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


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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth. Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more