Journal article

Does epilepsy occur more frequently in children with Type 1 diabetes?

Michele A O'Connell, A Simon Harvey, Mark T Mackay, Fergus J Cameron

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2008

Abstract

AIM: Hypoglycaemic seizures are common in children with diabetes and electroencephalogram abnormalities are well recognised in this patient group. Elevated antibodies to glutamic acid decarboxylase, a major auto-antigen in Type 1 diabetes, are also implicated in a number of neurological disorders. Despite these associations, the question of whether children with diabetes are more prone to epilepsy, possibly as a result of lowered seizure threshold, has not been previously studied. We aimed to determine the prevalence and type of epilepsy in a large paediatric diabetes clinic. METHODS: An audit by chart review was carried out at the Diabetes Clinic at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne,..

View full abstract