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J Ark Med Soc. 2011 Nov;108(6):118, 120-2.

The evaluation and treatment of the child with an apparent febrile seizure.


A febrile seizure is broadly defined as a seizure accompanied by fever (temperature 38.0 degrees Centigrade/100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or more) in a child between 6- and 60-months-of-age in the absence of known causes such as central nervous system infection or metabolic derangement. This article will provide evidence-based strategies devoted to diagnosing and managing febrile seizures in the current era of reduced prevalence of occult serious bacterial illness and successful use of observation as opposed to routine cerebrospinal fluid analysis.

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