Febrile Seizures is the product of a conference held in May 1980 at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md, to review current knowledge and understanding of febrile seizures. Practicing pediatricians and neurologists, as well as research scientists, were brought together to share their perspectives on the epidemiology, outcome, and treatment of febrile seizures. Much of the available data is presented in this volume.
First, the consequences of febrile seizures are reviewed. The largest prospective study looking at the risk of later epilepsy—that of Nelson and Ellenberg—which found a 0.5% risk of development of atypical absence seizures by 7 years of age is contrasted with a similar and perhaps more selected prospective study by Aicardi and Chevrie that found a 12% risk of later psychomotor seizures. The scant data regarding the effects of febrile seizure on later intellectual performance are also reviewed.
Next, there is a discussion of management of