Day 17: Subtle Seizures

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Subtle seizures are one of a group of four seizure types that are known as neonatal seizures/syndromes in babies.

The subtle seizures take place from birth and can be an indication of a further underlying illness.  They can appear in the form of convulsions but are known to be relatively common as they rarely last the duration of full term infancy.  The symptoms of this variety include ‘oral-buccal-lingual movements’, strange eye and limb activity, ‘autonomic alterations’ and breathing issues.

The three typical drugs of choice to treat these seizures are Phenobarbital, Dilantin and Lorazepam.  The data states that less than half  the number of babies who experience these seizures develop epilepsy later in life.

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