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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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Is there a link between neuroblastoma and infant seizures? My son was recently diagnosed with both?

Is there a link between neuroblastoma and infant seizures? My son was recently diagnosed with both?

Seizures+NB: There is not much data about the connection between neuroblastoma (nb) and seizures in the medical literature. There have been some case reports of children presenting with nb-associated opsoclonus-myoclonus (eye movements and muscle jerks) and seizures, thought to be due to antibodies generated by the body against nb that also affect other neurons in the body. ...Read more

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Does anyone know if there is a link between neuroblastoma and infant seizures my son was recently diagnosed with both?

Does anyone know if there is a link between neuroblastoma and infant seizures my son was recently diagnosed with both?

Can be associated: Neuroblastoma may indirectly cause seizures by causing high blood pressure, which then results in hypertensive encephalopathy- which can cause seizures, however this is pretty rare. Most often neuroblastoma presents first with vague symptoms like tiredness, fever and decreased appetite. Neuroblastoma is also the only known tumor that may spontaneously regress in specific infant cases. ...Read more

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What to expect in an infant after febrile seizure?

Sleep: Following the seizure, expect the child to sleep for a variable period of time, 1/2 to several hours. When the child awakens expect them to act normally. ...Read more

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Why shouldn't people restrain an infant or child with epilepsy during a seizure?

Why shouldn't people restrain an infant or child with epilepsy during a seizure?

Adults overwhelm kid: People having an epileptic seizure may move their bodies with unrestrained force. If an adult restrains the child, the difference in power of the adult may have a lever effect that might cause a fracture of an upper or lower extremity. Just move the seizing person away from the corners of furniture, place them on the floor so they will not fall if you leave to call 911. Protect the head. ...Read more

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Can having a fractured skull as an infant lead to having seizures later in life?

Can having a fractured skull as an infant lead to having seizures later in life?

Possibly: This is one of those things you will never get a straight answer to, unless the trauma was severe enough to have caused brain damage. Even then, it is more likely than not that the seizures are not related to the trauma. I would consult a good epileptologist (neurologist specializing in seizures). Sometimes the seizure focus can be found and resected. ...Read more

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Can the use of crack cocaine cause seizures in infants?

Can the use of crack cocaine cause seizures in infants?

Yes it could: I assume you mean the mother using crack Cocaine while the baby is still in her uterus? Whatever the mother uses, comes to the baby through the placenta. Absolutely Cocaine can cause problems in the fetus, and seizures once it is born. The baby will be tested for substances, and it could mean child protective services getting involved as well. ...Read more

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My son just had a fainting spell or seizure (on the way to ER now). Diagnosed with WPW as an infant but no symptoms since. Might this be a factor?

My son just had a fainting spell or seizure (on the way to ER now). Diagnosed with WPW as an infant but no symptoms since. Might this be a factor?

Faniting: I am glad you are on the way to ER. WPW doesn't go away so it may be the cause- certainly be sure ER aware so they do the cardiac tests indicated as part of his work up- I hope he will be better soon ...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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Infant 13 months old taking reglan (metoclopramide) and Zantac for with redness in cheeks, seizures, developmental delay, tremors, are these side effects on them for?

Infant  13 months old taking reglan (metoclopramide) and Zantac for with redness in cheeks, seizures, developmental delay, tremors, are these side effects on them for?

Ask prescriber: Prolonged use of Reglan (metoclopramide) to speed up gastric emptying has risks . Mild side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, headache hypertension and restlessness, dangerous side effete include decrease in white blood cells, heart arrhythmia, adrenal disorder, several neurologic syndromes.Some pediatricians have been trying Erythromycin as a agent to speed up gastric emptying. Zantac is widely used. ...Read more

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A hard lump behind an infants ear, it grows.. Not to fast but still grows, she often gets febrile seizures , and sweats a lot .Does this sound scary?

A hard lump behind an infants ear, it grows.. Not to fast but still grows, she often gets febrile seizures , and sweats a lot .Does this sound scary?

Probably not: Usually these are small lymph nodes (glands) or a small cyst and generally are benign. I can not see it being related to the other issues. Ask your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What does it look like when a baby has a seizure?

What does it look like when a baby has a seizure?

Shaking: There are several types of seizures in babies. In infants, seizures appear in subtle ways, like lips smacking, eye twitching, and tongue thrusting. Older children can have generalized seizures, with whole body shaking and stiffening, or partial seizures, with just one side of the body shaking or twitching. Some seizures can appear as staring spells, or as episodes of uncontrollable movements. ...Read more

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What can cause a seizure in a baby?

What can cause a seizure in a baby?

Brain electricity: Seizures are caused by abnormal electrical signals in the brain. There can be many different causes of this in a baby. Some are benign, such as a rapidly rising fever. Other causes include a brain abnormality present at birth, bleeding in the brain, or deprivation of oxygen for a period of time. Epilepsy is a primary disorder of abnormal electrical activity. Neurologists specialize in this. ...Read more

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Is seizures dangerous for baby 2 years old?

Is seizures dangerous for baby 2 years old?

Seizure control: Not if she's controlled with seizure medication and under the care of a neurologist. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take baby off medication if his seizures stop?

Is it safe to take baby off medication if his seizures stop?

No: Medications should not be discontinued without consulting your neurologist first. ...Read more

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Is it possible to control seizures even if my baby is diagnosed with lissencephaly type 1 (classic)?

Is it possible to control seizures even if my baby is diagnosed with lissencephaly type 1 (classic)?

Yes, but not always: I cannot imagine how scary and frustrating persistent seizures must be for parents. Seizures in lissencephaly are often difficult to control; however, some children are able to be seizure free. Sometimes it can take a long time to find the right combination of medications. You could also consider the ketogenic diet which has helped some kids. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22310062 ...Read more

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I started celexa (citalopram) a month ago and then i noticed baby shaking like a seizure inside of me. Should i be worried?

I started celexa (citalopram) a month ago and then i noticed baby shaking like a seizure inside of me. Should i be worried?

Not Celexa (citalopram) : My sources indicate beyond 20 weeks there is evidence of risk with citalopram and other ssri/snri. But not seizures. I suggest a discussion with your obstetrician. You may also want to discuss alternatives such as mirtazepine or seroquel (quetiapine) with the doctor prescribing celexa. Weighing fetal risk vs maternal benefit should be carefully evaluated. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Definition)

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