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Predictors of Mortality in Neonates with Seizures; a Prospective Cohort Study

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Medical archives (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
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Heljic, S.; Uzicanin, S.; Catibusic, F.; Zubcevic, S.

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyze prognostic indicators for mortality in neonates with seizures in a level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A cohort of 100 neonates with clinically manifested seizures hospitalized in the NICU during 4 years period was prospectively monitored for the first year of life. The cohort consisted of 33 preterm and 67 full-term babies with 60 male and 40 female infants. RESULTS: The mortality rate in the first year of life of infants with seizures in the neonatal period was 23%. The most common cause of seizures was birth asphyxia for full-term infants and intra-periventricular hemorrhage for preterm infants. Death was more common in pre-term than term infants (p <0,005). Simple regression demonstrated statistically significant associations between death in the first year of life and a cluster of highly associated variables: resuscitation (p<0, 01), mechanical ventilation (p<0,01) and asphyxia (p<0,05). This cluster of variables significantly correlates with: gestational age (p<0, 05), birth weight (p<0, 05) and intracranial hemorrhage (p<0, 05). CONCLUSION: In this cohort of neonates with seizures asphyxia requiring neonatal resuscitation was the primary risk factor for death.

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