What is the mortality and morbidity associated with neonatal seizures?

Updated: Jul 31, 2019
  • Author: Raj D Sheth, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen L Nelson, Jr, MD, PhD, FAACPDM, FAAN, FAAP  more...
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Neonatal seizures are a risk factor that markedly increases rates of long-term morbidity and neonatal mortality. The presence of neonatal seizures is the best predictor of long-term physical and cognitive deficits. Complications of neonatal seizures may include the following:

  • Cerebral palsy/spasticity

  • Cerebral atrophy/Hydrocephalus ex-vacuo

  • Epilepsy

  • Feeding difficulties


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