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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My 6 year old experienced her first seizure. after being admitted overnight fpr observation CT, xray, and electrolites came back normal , however an abnormal EKG was observed several times during the night. What conditions other than idiopathic Epilepsy could we request her Dr to investigate ? (viruses, toxins, allergies etc) I'm just concerned that vecause her mother has epilepsy they are neglecting other possibilities /
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query
User :   hello
Doctor :   Did she have fever?
User :   no she previosuly had a cold but had been over it
User :   i took her temp immediately and it was normal
Doctor :   Fine
Doctor :   Now, EKG has nothing to do with epilepsy as such
Doctor :   EEG would be conclusive rather
User :   yes i know but it seemed tooo coincidental
Doctor :   Ok
User :   they did not do a EEG
Doctor :   What was the abnormality that was identified in the EKG?
Doctor :   Did the doctor comment about it?
User :   I'm not exactly sure they said it was flucuating , and it set off a couple of alams during the night
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Due to increased activity in the brain
Doctor :   slight variations are expectec
Doctor :   as it has has an impact on heart as well
Doctor :   now for seizure, since the CT is normal
Doctor :   you should not worry of any other major problems
Doctor :   that supports
Doctor :   that there is no structural abnormality in the brain
Doctor :   Are you getting it?
User :   yes, could a virus cause convulsions without a fever through ?
Doctor :   Fever is the primary symptom
Doctor :   that too in children
Doctor :   Allergies, virus, toxins
Doctor :   you should not worry about
Doctor :   if there was any inflammation
User :   ok, thank you.
Doctor :   due to the result of those
Doctor :   it would have been picked in the CT
Doctor :   Hence, no worries about it
Doctor :   and it is functional disorder
User :   Thanks you for your time.
Doctor :   You are most welcome
Doctor :   Bye for now
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