Febrile seizures in a south Indian district: incidence and associations

Dev Med Child Neurol. 1997 Jun;39(6):380-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1997.tb07450.x.


One thousand four hundred and three children participated in a home-based survey of psychiatric disorders in 8- to 12-year-old children in Calicut District, Kerala, India. One thousand one hundred and ninety-two consecutive children underwent neurological and psychometric assessments. The projected number of children with a history of febrile seizures was 120 giving a lifetime incidence of 10.1%. Recurrent febrille seizures predominated and these were strongly associated with a history of perinatal adversity. Febrile seizures were independently association with indices of infective illness and mothers' education. Epilepsy developed in 2.7% of children with febrile seizures, but no evidence was found that febrile seizures had adverse intellectual or behavioural sequelae.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Encephalitis, Viral / complications
  • Female
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • India / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Obstetric Labor Complications
  • Pregnancy
  • Recurrence
  • Seizures, Febrile / diagnosis
  • Seizures, Febrile / epidemiology*
  • Seizures, Febrile / etiology
  • Socioeconomic Factors