Posted by: Waters | 2004/10/19



Hi Doctor

I have a son 3yrs 9mnths with arachnoid sists, apparently not threatening on his brain, which, at times pressurises the brainsystem, causing epileptic incidents. At first, at the age of 2yrs 10mnths, he has had fever convulsions as well as epilepsia, which we then treated with Epilim 100mg crushable tablets. He took to it well, although he had about a month of lethargy by getting used to it. We recently had two more incidents, after which we did the MR scan, and found out about the sists on the brain. Since then, we slightly increased his dosage and everything seems to be going back to normal.

My Question:
We as a family might move to the Karoo for professional purposes. The last two incidents happened while it was very hot in the Western Cape, where we currently stay. DOES HEAT HAVE AN INFLUENCE ON SEIZURES? Where we are headed to in the Karoo it can reach temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius.

Please advise, as medical help is approximately one hour's drive from where we will be relocating. Your answer will make a difference in our decision.


Expert's Reply



This is a difficult question to answer with cetainty, but it is known that a high temperature reduces the convulsive threshold. That is why it is always important to prevent a high fever even if your child does not have classical fever convulsions. However, the influence of the outside temperature is very limited if a child is not left in a exceptionally warm place, such as inside a motor vehicle parked in the direct sun.

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