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Zinc deficiency as a risk factor for febrile seizure
Ritesh Radhakrishnan Palliana1,2, D K Singh1,2, Ashwin Borade3.
1Department of Child Health, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal,
2Department of Pediatrics and Neonatology, RN Cooper Hospital, Mumbai,
3Inamdar Multispeciality Hospital, Pune, India.
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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