The prognosis of convulsions during childhood shigellosis

A. Zvulunov, M. Lerman, S. Ashkenazi, R. Weitz, M. Nitzan, G. Dinari*

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We examined the long-term outcome in 111 children who had convulsions during shigellosis and were followed for 3-18 years after the incident. No deaths or persistent motor deficits occurred as sequellae. Poor coordination of fine hand movements were noted in 3.3% of the 92 children who had no pre-existing neurological abnormality. Only 1 child developed epilepsy by the age of 8 years. Of the children 15.7% had recurrent febrile seizures. The only risk factor identified for febrile seizures following convulsions in shigellosis was a previous history (P<0.01). These observations suggest that convulsions in shigellosis have a favourable prognosis, and do not necessitate long-term follow up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-294
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1990


  • Convulsions
  • Prognosis
  • Shigellosis


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