Published: 2020-05-22

Can seizures cause glycemic disorder in children with epilepsy? a cross-sectional study

Ngo Minh Xuan, Nguyen Thi Diem Chi, Ton Nu Van Anh


Background: Aim of this study is to investigate the serum glucose level in children with epilepsy.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted at Pediatric Centre of Hue Central Hospital between June 2017 and June 2019. A serum glucose level test was performed after the seizure.

Results: In total, 144 patients were included in the study. Of these, the most age group was 0 - <5 years (accounted for 59.7%), followed by group 5-10 years (24.3%) and 11-15 years (16%). Female was more likely than male (52.8% vs 47.2%). The most common type was generalized epilepsy (accounted for 72.2%), and the least was un-classified epilepsy (6.3%). The blood test investigated 19 (13.2%) of patients with hyperglycemia and 1 (1.4%) with hypoglycemia.

Conclusions: The present study highlights that seizure can cause glycemic disorder in children with epilepsy.


Epilepsy, Seizure, Serum glucose level

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