Zinc deficiency as a risk factor for febrile seizure
Ritesh Radhakrishnan Palliana, D K Singh, Ashwin Borade*
Department of Child Health, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal. Department of Pediatrics and Neonatology, RN Cooper Hospital, Mumbai and *Inamdar Multispeciality Hospital, Pune, India.
Abstract

This study was conducted to determine the role of zinc deficiency as a risk factor for first febrile seizure in children. 75 children aged between 6 months to 6 years with first febrile seizure (cases) and 50 children with febrile illness but without convulsions (controls) were enrolled from the pediatric ward of a tertiary care hospital. The mean serum zinc levels in cases and controls were 81.84 and 90.38 mcg/dl respectively. This difference was statistically highly significant [p< 0.001]. Zinc deficiency could be a potential risk factor for febrile seizure in children.
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