A study includes 10-year clinical, cognitive, and MRI assessments of children with status epilepticus.
SAN DIEGO—Despite a consistent rate of short-term morbidity, long-term outcomes may vary among children with epilepsy, researchers reported at the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society. In addition, some children with status epilepticus may have good long-term prognoses.
Patients who had prolonged febrile seizures had significantly better outcomes, in terms of subsequent neurologic problems and cognitive abilities, than children with epilepsy as a symptom of an underlying neurologic problem or children with remote symptomatic epilepsy, said Richard Chin, MD, Senior Clinical Lecturer and Director of the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre at the University of Edinburgh. All children who had prolonged febrile seizures were neurologically normal and had IQs greater than 80 at follow-up.