How is jitteriness differentiated from 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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Jitteriness must be differentiated from seizures in neonates. Jitteriness is not associated with ocular deviation. It is stimulus sensitive (eg, triggered by stimulation or easily stopped with passive movement of the limb). The movement resembles a tremor, and no autonomic changes, such as tachycardia, are associated with it.

Seizures often are associated with ocular deviation and are not stimulus sensitive. Autonomic changes frequently accompany them. The movements are clonic, unlike the tremorlike movements of jitteriness.

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