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Neonatal Seizures: Developing Countries Perspective
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Surekha Rajadhyaksha and K.N. Shah Seizures in the newborn period are a frequent clinical problem and represent the

most distinctive signal of neurological disease. Neonatal seizures are usually related to specific illness requiring prompt therapy. Early diagnosis of underlying cause is important, as some of the risk factors are associated with high mortality or adverse neurological sequelae. Neonatal seizures show clearly differentiated characteristics from seizures in older children. Several unique characteristics of neonatal seizures warrant a separate classification from the classification of epilepsies and epileptic syndromes proposed by International League Against Epilepsy (ICE-1989).1