Table 7.2

Febrile seizures in Dravet syndrome

Paediatricians should maintain a high index of suspicion for Dravet syndrome if the febrile seizures are:
  • prolonged beyond 15 or 30 min
  • unilateral
  • mainly clonic
  • frequent
  • precipitated by low fever often below 38°C
  • of early onset (before1 year of age)
  • with non-febrile seizures
The diagnosis is nearly certain if intractable myoclonic jerks and mental deterioration appear within 1–2 years from onset.

From: Chapter 7, Epileptic Encephalopathies in Infancy and Early Childhood in Which the Epileptiform Abnormalities May Contribute to Progressive Dysfunction

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The Epilepsies: Seizures, Syndromes and Management.
Panayiotopoulos CP.
Oxfordshire (UK): Bladon Medical Publishing; 2005.
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