Neonatal seizures or neonatal convulsions are epileptic fits occurring from birth to the end of the neonatal period. The neonatal period is the most vulnerable of. Neonatal Seizures. DEFINITION: A Neonatal seizures are the most common overt manifestation of neurological Benign Familial Neonatal Convulsions. Neonatal seizures can be difficult to diagnose because the seizure may be short and subtle. In addition, symptoms of neonatal seizures may mimic normal.

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A characteristic EEG pattern in neonatal herpes simplex encephalitis. Controversy remains with the extent of damage the seizures themselves cause.

Since many causes of seizures can be rapidly reversed and longterm sequelae prevented, evaluation of underlying cause is of utmost importance. The myoclonic seizures also have a poor prognosis because they are frequently a part of the early myoclonic encephalopathy syndrome. Most seizures start with tonic motor activity and posturing with apnoea followed by vocalisations, ocular symptoms, other autonomic features, motor automatisms, chewing and focal or generalised clonic movements.

Aetiology This is unknown. EEG ictal activity may be focal or multifocal convlusion in a normal or abnormal background. Am J Dis Child. Yamatogi Y, Ohtahara S. Midazolam in the treatment of refractory neonatal seizures. Since interpretation of continuous EEG monitoring requires a trained neurologist, automated interpretation software has been proposed.

They are usually clinically subtle, inconspicuous and difficult to recognise from the normal behaviours of the inter-ictal periods or physiological phenomena.


Etiology of convulsions in neonatal and infantile period.

There is no effective treatment. Tonic spasms usually consist of a forwards tonic flexion lasting 1—10 s that is singular or in long clusters 10— times every 24 h. In most cases the suppression—burst pattern becomes more apparent during deep sleep and may not occur in the EEG of wakefulness. This is a descriptive term I coined for a common ictal EEG pattern in neonates which consists of localised episodic rapid spikes of accelerating and decelerating speed that look like zips Figure 5.

They are more frequent in pre-term than full-term infants indicating, if massive, major brain injury and poor prognosis. The risks should be weighed against the benefits while also remembering that these will eventual subside in time.

Neonatal seizure

The aetiologies of neonatal seizures with favourable outcomes include late hypocalcaemia, subarachnoid haemorrhage and certain meningitides Table 5.

Hyperekplexia Familial Startle Disease Hyperekplexia or familial startle disease — is the first human disorder shown to result from mutations within a neurotransmitter gene. National Clinical Guideline Centre. Neonatal EEG trace of burst suppression.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is unknown and the condition does not appear to be familial. The duration of the ictal discharges is 1—3 min and this may be followed by subclinical discharges for many hours.

All relevant laboratory studies including sleep EEG during the myoclonus are normal. The EEG is characterised by suppression—burst activity, which may evolve into hypsarrhythmia.

Febrile seizure Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures.

Aetiology This is unknown and the condition does not appear to be familial. The clinical conundrum of neonatal seizures.


In the major forms affected neonates occasionally have fatal hypertonia and startle responses result in falls that may be traumatic. The babies become inactive with spastic diplegia, hemiplegia, tetraplegia, ataxia or monatale. Severe neonatal epilepsies with suppression-burst pattern.

A persistent EEG suppression—burst pattern. In EEGa characteristic development is the gradual disappearance of the suppression—burst pattern and the emergence of hypsarrhythmia within 3—6 months from onset. Lorazepam in the treatment of refractory neonatal seizures.

Late hypocalcaemia is nobatale eliminated, while electrolytic derangement and cobvulsion are now rare. Cerebral blood flow velocity during neonatal seizures.

They are the most frequent neurological problem in the nursery, and often require evaluation and treatment in a neonatal intensive care unit. The prognosis is commonly excellent with normal development and no recurrence of seizures. Heart rate changes in convulsive and nonconvulsive neonatal apnea.

Neonatal Seizures and Neonatal Syndromes – The Epilepsies – NCBI Bookshelf

Onset is from around 4—12 months of age. Intracranial haemorrhage and infarction, stroke 29 and prenatal and neonatal infections are common. EEG and the neuropathology in premature neonates with intraventricular convylsion. Prognosis The prognosis is excellent with the myoclonus commonly remitting by the age of 2—7 months.

A trial of pyridoxine may be justifiable. A focal tonic seizure can generalize, or the first seizure can occur as a generalized seizureor seizures that impair the neonate’s level of consciousness.