Postburn convulsive disorders in children

W. F. McManus, J. L. Hunt, Basil A Pruitt

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Thirty six (6.6%) of 594 children admitted to hospital experienced one or more convulsive episodes during the postburn hospitalization period. Sixty one percent of convulsions in this group of patients occurred either with the serum sodium concentration less than 125 mEq/L or while dextrose 5% in water was being infused into patients with relatively small intravascular and extracellular fluid capacities. The rapid or prolonged administration of dextrose 5% in water intravenously, or a rapid transition from sodium containing solutions to dextrose 5% in water, is to be avoided in small children. In the event of a seizure in the postburn child and in addition to anticonvulsant therapy, the serum sodium concentrations should be determined, and dextrose 5% in water infusions discontinued until it is determined whether hyponatremia exists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)396-401
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Trauma
Volume14
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1974

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Glucose
Water
Sodium
Seizures
Hyponatremia
Extracellular Fluid
Serum
Anticonvulsants
Hospitalization
Therapeutics

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McManus, W. F., Hunt, J. L., & Pruitt, B. A. (1974). Postburn convulsive disorders in children. Journal of Trauma, 14(5), 396-401.

Postburn convulsive disorders in children. / McManus, W. F.; Hunt, J. L.; Pruitt, Basil A.

In: Journal of Trauma, Vol. 14, No. 5, 1974, p. 396-401.

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McManus, WF, Hunt, JL & Pruitt, BA 1974, 'Postburn convulsive disorders in children', Journal of Trauma, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 396-401.
McManus WF, Hunt JL, Pruitt BA. Postburn convulsive disorders in children. Journal of Trauma. 1974;14(5):396-401.
McManus, W. F. ; Hunt, J. L. ; Pruitt, Basil A. / Postburn convulsive disorders in children. In: Journal of Trauma. 1974 ; Vol. 14, No. 5. pp. 396-401.
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