Cerebrospinal fluid findings in children with fever-associated status epilepticus: results of the consequences of prolonged febrile seizures (FEBSTAT) study

Frank, L. M.; Shinnar, S.; Hesdorffer, D. C.; Shinnar, R. C.; Pellock, J. M.; Gallentine, W.; Nordli, D. R., Jr.; Epstein, L. G.; Moshe, S. L.; Lewis, D. V.; Sun, S.

J Pediatr. 2012 Sep 19; 161(6):1169-71


This prospective multicenter study of 200 patients with fever-associated status epilepticus (FSE), of whom 136 underwent a nontraumatic lumbar puncture, confirms that FSE rarely causes cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pleocytosis. CSF glucose and protein levels were unremarkable. Temperature, age, seizure focality, and seizure duration did not affect results. CSF pleocytosis should not be attributed to FSE.

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