>Wouldn't you know that one of the E.R. staff's own child came in with
>seizure. He talked us into not doing L.P. since she looke o.k. Wouldn't
>you know that 12 hours later she came backe with pneumococcal meningitis
>and a right sided paresis. He kicked himself for "interfering".
There are also plenty of stories of similar progression of disease in
febrile children WITHOUT seizures. I don't see any compelling evidence in
the literature that the presence or absence of a simple seizure in a
well-appearing child changes this risk.
Steve Green, MD, FACEP
Director, Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Loma Linda University Medical Center & Children's Hospital
Loma Linda, California
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