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Febrile seizures 

Febrile seizures
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Febrile seizures
Author(s):

Rhys Beynon

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199654093.003.0017
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date: 29 October 2020

This chapter provides a discussion of the challenges facing the emergency physician dealing with a child who has had a seizure within an episode of febrile illness. It provides an overview of febrile convulsions and a discussion of the possible causes for seizures in children together with a system of classification of seizures.

It examines the evidence base for three key clinical questions:the pharmacological control of seizures;the use of neuroimaging; and the necessity for lumbar puncture. The duration of observation following seizure and discharge advice are discussed.

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