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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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Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsions are rhythmic contractions of all muscles in the body, which create a violent rhythmic motion. A common type of convulsion is ...Read more