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Research Article

Febrile convulsions in a national cohort followed up from birth. I--Prevalence and recurrence in the first five years of life.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 290 doi: (Published 04 May 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;290:1307
  1. C M Verity,
  2. N R Butler,
  3. J Golding


    Of 13 135 children followed up from birth to the age of 5 years, 303 (2.3%) had febrile convulsions. Prior neurological abnormality had been noted in 13. Of the 290 remaining children, 57 (20%) presented with a complex convulsion, and 103 children (35%) went on to have further febrile convulsions. The risk of further febrile convulsions varied with the age at first convulsion and the presence of a history of convulsive disorders in relatives. There were no significant differences between the sexes.