Till startsida
University of Gothenburg
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Behaviour and cognition in febrile seizures and epilepsy with onset before the age of five

Participants: Christopher Gillberg, Brian Neville, Ingrid Olsson, Gill Nilsson & Thomas Arvidsson.

Background: There are very few current systematic studies on prognosis in febrile seizures.

Methods: A total population covering approximately 6000 children under age five, who were previously screened and evaluated for autism and language disorders (at age 2,5), will be screened in child health care regarding febrile seizures and other symptoms of epilepsy. All “screen positive” cases will undergo a thorough examination to determine the prevalence of autism, ADHD, cognitive disabilities and behaviour problems. A follow-up at age seven is planned.

Results: Febrile seizures are probably slightly less common than what has previously been expected. Data regarding behaviour and cognitive prognosis is being collected and analysed.


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