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Encysted seizures: status epilepticus in a recently resettled refugee child

Juliette M Lucey, James McCarthy and David P Burgner
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (4): 237.
Published online: 15 February 2010

To the Editor: We present this case to highlight the differential diagnosis of afebrile seizures in patients from many asset-poor nations. A 3-year-old Congolese girl presented with sustained loss of consciousness after a prolonged generalised seizure. She had migrated, with her family, 12 months previously after a long period in a Zambian refugee camp.

  • Juliette M Lucey1
  • James McCarthy2
  • David P Burgner1,3,4

  • 1 Child and Adolescent Health Service, Western Australian Department of Health, Perth, WA.
  • 2 Queensland Institute of Medical Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 3 School of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.
  • 4 Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.


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