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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 9-12

Febrile seizures in one-five aged infants in tropical practice: Frequency, etiology and outcome of hospitalization

1 Neurology Service, Campus University Teaching Hospital, Lomé, Togo
2 Department of Pediatric, Sylvanus Olympio University Hospital, Lomé, Togo

Correspondence Address:
Komi Assogba
Department of Neurology, Campus University Hospital, Lomé, 03BP: 30284
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.154315

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Background: Convulsive seizures are the common neurological emergencies in developing regions. Objectives: The aim was to determine the prevalence, causes and outcome of seizures in childhood. Patients and Methods: Participants were children aged 1-5 years old, admitted consecutively with a history of febrile convulsions or were presented seizures with fever during hospitalization, in two pediatric university hospitals. The prospective study covered a period from January to December 2013. At admission, emergency care and resuscitation procedures were provided according to the national guidelines. The history included the number and a parental description of seizures. Children with epilepsy, any central nervous system infections and other disease were excluded. Results: We have recorded 3647 children. Among them, 308 (8.4%) infants had presented with febrile seizures including 174 males and 134 females admitted to both pediatric hospitals (Tokoin University Teaching Hospitals: 206/3070, Campus University Teaching Hospitals: 102/577). Infants from 1 to 3 years age were the most common affected and constituted 65.9% of all patients. The months of September, December and January had recorded the high frequency of admission due to seizures. Regarding the seizures type, generalized tonic-clonic seizures were predominant (46.4%) followed by tonic seizures (17.2%) and status epilepticus in 9%. The etiologies were marked by falciparum malaria (52.3%), and other infections in 47.7%. At discharge, we have noted 11% (34/308) with neurodevelopmental disabilities, 6.7% of epilepsy and 9.7% (30/308) of death. Conclusion: The febrile seizure in child younger 5 years is an indicator of severe malaria in tropical nations. The campaign for "roll back malaria" must continue in developing countries to avoid long-term gross neurological deficits.


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