Repeated febrile convulsions linked to epilepsy and psychiatric disorders
A large Danish registry study has found a correlation between febrile convulsions and the risk of psychiatric disorders and epilepsy.
The comprehensive study examined data of 2 million Danish children born between 1977 and 2011, 17 000 of whom were identified as having had more than one febrile seizure. Lead author, Julie Werenberg Dreyer, emphasised that, while they found a statistical correlation, this doesn’t conclude that febrile convulsions cause epilepsy or psychiatric disorders.
The researchers hope that the study will help to provide impetus for an intensified effort to clarify the cause of the correlation between the febrile convulsions and the long-term consequences and further studies are planned to look into the significance of genetics on a child’s risk of suffering from febrile convulsions and subsequent epilepsy or psychiatric disorders.
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