DAN F. COHN, M.D.; E. AVRAHAMI, M.D.; E. DALOS, M.D.
To the editor: Epileptic seizures in infants with a sudden temperature rise are known as febrile convulsions. In contrast, fever as a manifestation of an epileptic attack is extremely rare. Lennox (1) coined the term "thermal epilepsy" for this type of condition. Recently we saw two patients with thermal epilepsy and have found only two other reports in the literature (2, 3). Thermal epilepsy should be considered when examining patients with "fever of unknown origin."
A 17-year-old girl was hospitalized because of monthly fever bouts, repeated since the age of 13. Her temperature reached 39 °C and subsided after 3
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COHN DF, AVRAHAMI E, DALOS E. Thermal Epilepsy Manifest as Fever Attacks. Ann Intern Med. 1984;101:569–570. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-4-569_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(4):569-570.
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