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Febrile Seizures

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by Lyons S

(Fever Seizures)

 

Diagnosis

To determine the source of the fever or rule out other conditions your doctor may order:
  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • Lumbar puncture —procedure to remove a sample of spinal fluid to look for meningitis or encephalitis
Additional evaluations of the brain may be needed after complex febrile seizures. This is done to look for any injuries due to prolonged or severe seizures. Tests may include:
  • CT scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures inside the head
  • MRI scan —a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of structures inside the head
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)—a test used to evaluate brain function or disorders
MRI Scan
MRI of the Brain
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RESOURCES

American Academy of Pediatrics
http://www.healthychildren.org/

Epilepsy Foundation
http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Caring for Kids
http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/

 

References


American Academy of Family Physicians. Febrile seizures: what every parent should know. Family Doctor.org website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/febrile-seizures.html . Accessed July 20, 2012.


Febrile seizure. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated July 11, 2012. Accessed July 20, 2012.


Bradley WG, Daroff RB. Neurology in Clinical Practice . Philadelphia, PA: Butterworth Heinemann; 2004.


National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) febrile seizures information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/febrile%5Fseizures/febrile%5Fseizures.htm . Accessed July 20, 2012.


Shellhaas, R, Camfield, C, Camfield, P. Febrile seizures. In: Gilman S, ed. MedLink Neurology . San Diego, CA: MedLink Corporation. MedLink website. Available at: http://www.medlink.com . Accessed May 12, 2008.


Strengell T, Uhari M, Tarkka R, et al. Antipyretic agents preventing recurrences of febrile seizures: randomized controlled trial. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med . 2009 Sep;163(9):799-804.

 

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