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High Rate of Febrile Seizures Seen in Sudden Unexplained Toddler Deaths

Rates of febrile seizure (FS) are much higher among toddlers who die suddenly, according to a new study.  "Our cohort died at a median age of 30 to 32 months, and by that age fully 35% of this series had had febrile seizures," Dr. Orrin Devinsky of the New York University School of Medicine Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in New York City, told Reuters Health by phone.  The prevalence of FS in the general population is 2-5%, he said.  While sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has been studied extensively, much less is known about sudden unexplained death in childhood (SUDC) and sudden explained death in childhood (SEDC), Dr. Devinsky colleagues write in JAMA Network Open, online April 26.  Read more...



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