Which neonatal EEG findings are characteristic of postnatal CNS infections?

Updated: Oct 03, 2019
  • Author: Rosalia C Silvestri-Hobson, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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For postnatal infections (usually meningitis), the prognostic value of EEG is linked to the severity and extent of the abnormalities rather than their specificity. In most cases, they are associated with early status epilepticus (SE) or single seizures with a definite interval following birth that is unlike postanoxic SE. Consistently abnormal recordings (rather than merely an initial abnormal recording) are linked to an unfavorable prognosis.


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