Childhood Epilepsy

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Approach to a child with seizures (Refer Algorithm)


A. History:

  • A complete description of seizure type tonic, clonic, tonic-clonic, atonic,
    absence, myoclonic, sensory-motor generalized seizures and partial seizures simple complex, partial with secondary generalization and mixed seizures.
  • Details of aura, start of seizure, its spread, duration, automatism, loss of consciousness,
    post ictal weakness, timing of seizures, minor motor manifestations.
  • Severity of the episode, injury, resultant congnitive impairment after seizures, multiple seizure types, precipitating or triggering factors, average frequency of attacks, response to previous medications
  • Developmental history Family history, history of neonatal or febrile seizures, previous brain injury, and history of other neurologic or systemic disease.

B. Physical examination: Epilepsy should be examined as a symptom of progressive brain damage and specific etiological groups like the following identified
  • A neonate with neuro metabolic disorder, failure to thrive, vomiting, rash, odor etc
  • Dysmorphic facies, micro/macrocephaly
  • Neuro ectodermatosis depigmented spots, facial hemangiomas
  • Focal neurological deficit, raised intra cranial pressure
  • Neuro developmental delay, cerebral palsy, other neurogenetic disorders.
  • Mental retardation, hyperactivity.

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