Treatment of seizures in babies is hampered by lack of EEG equipment

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 01 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1873
  1. Colin Wright
  1. 1Edinburgh

    Clinicians are sometimes unable to accurately diagnose neonatal seizures because of a lack of appropriate equipment, a conference in Edinburgh heard last week.

    Ronit Pressler, consultant in clinical neurophysiology at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, said that most paediatric departments diagnosed seizures clinically but required an electroencephalogram (EEG) to confirm their diagnosis. Unfortunately most district hospitals do not have access to EEG equipment on site, delegates were told.

    The conference on new approaches to epilepsy was organised jointly by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Royal College of …

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