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A study to determine the association between serum ferritin levels and febrile seizures in children

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Midhun Ramesh ,

Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences, Anayara P.O, Trivandrum, Kerala, IN
About Midhun
Resident Nephrology, Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences, Anayara P.O, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
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Narayanaswamy Kannan,

Metha Children’s Hospital, Chetpet, Chennai, IN
About Narayanaswamy
Consultant Paediatrician, Metha Children’s Hospital, Chetpet, Chennai, India
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Kumar Senthil

Dept. of Paediatrics, Southern Railway HQ Hospital, Ayanavaram, Chennai, IN
About Kumar

Sr. DMO, Dept. of Paediatrics, Southern Railway HQ Hospital, Ayanavaram, Chennai, India

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Abstract

Introduction: Febrile seizures are a common paediatric emergency. Recent studies have postulated iron deficiency in the pathogenesis of simple febrile seizures.

Objective: To determine the association between serum ferritin levels and simple febrile seizures

Method: This study was conducted at the Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, Southern Railway Head Quarters Hospital, Perambur, Chennai. Consecutive cases were selected for the study and concurrent age matched controls were selected from the same setting. Controls were selected from age matched population of children attending the outpatient department for short febrile illness without seizures. Cases and controls were selected in a 1:1 ratio. Data obtained was statistically analyzed with SPSS version 11 software.

Results: Serum ferritin (P=0.012), haemoglobin (P=0.042) and haematocrit (P=0.029) were found to be significantly lower in children with febrile seizures than controls.

Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 2015; 44(4): 193-196

How to Cite: Ramesh, M., Kannan, N. and Senthil, K., 2015. A study to determine the association between serum ferritin levels and febrile seizures in children. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 44(4), pp.193–196. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v44i4.8041
Published on 09 Dec 2015.
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