Clinical profile, aetiology, short-term outcome and predictors of poor outcome of neonatal seizures among out-born neonates admitted to a neonatal unit in Paediatric emergency of a tertiary care hospital in North India: A prospective observational study

Trop Doct. 2021 May 21;494755211016226. doi: 10.1177/00494755211016226. Online ahead of print.


Neonatal seizures are common manifestations of several neurological or systemic disorders and associated with high morbidity, mortality and poor short- and long-term developmental outcomes. It is important to determine the aetiology and factors that determine the poor outcome, more so in a newly developed setting. The early detection of predictors of poor outcome will help in planning acute management, counselling, follow-up and rehabilitation services. In this prospective observational study, we looked at the clinical profile, aetiology, short-term outcomes and predictors of poor outcome of neonatal seizures among out-born neonates. The common causes were hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy, sepsis and metabolic disturbances. One-third of neonates had poor outcome. Abnormal neurological and cardiorespiratory examination at admission; low oxygen saturation, glucose and pH; and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy-III were predictors of poor outcome.

Keywords: Neonatal seizures; hypoglycaemia; meningitis; perinatal asphyxia; vEEG.