The Relevance of Performing Lumbar Puncture in Infants Aged 3 to 12 Months With First Episode of Febrile Convulsion

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 30, 2011
Last Update Posted : September 1, 2015
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr Koren Ariel, HaEmek Medical Center, Israel

Brief Summary:
The actual recommendations for infants aged 3 to 12 months presented with first episode of Febrile Convulsions highly recommend performing lumbar puncture in order to rule out Bacterial Meningitis. On the other hand, recent studies in the era of anti Pneumococcal vaccination arise the question if in the presence of a normal physical examination those recommendations are still relevant. The purpose of this study is to summarized retrospectively the clinical records of all the infants admitted to the pediatric wards in the ten years period since 2000 to 2010 in order to record the incidence of Bacterial Meningitis among infants admitted with the First episode of Febrile Convulsions.

Condition or disease
Febrile Convulsions

Detailed Description:
Demographic data, including ethnic origin, age an gender will be recorded. The type of Convulsions (Simple or Complex), duration, and time since the fever was noticed will be also recorded. Another data that will be summarized included: previous antibiotic treatment, physical examination with special emphasis on neurological examination and meningeal signs, routine laboratory analysis including blood count and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) results and the final diagnosis including the cause of fever.

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 122 participants
Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Retrospective
Study Start Date : June 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : March 2015

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MedlinePlus related topics: Fever Seizures

Infants with first episode of Febrile Convlusions

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Number of patients with abnormal lumbar puncture [ Time Frame: One year ]
    The number of patients aged six months to one year that underwent lumbar puncture when they were admitted with simple febrile convulsions

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Ages Eligible for Study:   3 Months to 12 Months   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Infants aged 3 to 12 months who presents with First Episode of Febrile Convulsions

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Infants aged 3 to 12 months who presents with First Episode of Febrile Convulsions during the period 1/1/2000 until 31/12/2010

Exclusion Criteria:

  • infants with previous neurological diseases, or
  • recent neurological disease that are not included in the characteristics of Febrile Convulsion

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01443611

Pediatric Dpt B - Ha'Emek Medical Center
Afula, Israel, 18101
Sponsors and Collaborators
HaEmek Medical Center, Israel

Responsible Party: Dr Koren Ariel, Head of Pediatric Dpt B and Pediatric Hematology Unit, HaEmek Medical Center, Israel Identifier: NCT01443611     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0138-10-EMC
First Posted: September 30, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 1, 2015
Last Verified: August 2015

Keywords provided by Dr Koren Ariel, HaEmek Medical Center, Israel:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Seizures, Febrile
Body Temperature Changes
Signs and Symptoms
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations