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Neonatal seizures therapy: we are still looking for the efficacious drug

Authors
Journal
Italian Journal of Pediatrics
1824-7288
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Volume
39
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/1824-7288-39-37
Keywords
  • Commentary
Disciplines
  • Computer Science

Abstract

Therapeutic options currently available for neonatal seizures are still unsatisfactory both in terms of efficacy and of risk for long-term neurotoxicity, even if there is growing recognition of their potential to worsen neurodevelopmental outcome. A recent paper by Slaughter and colleagues entitled “Pharmacological treatment of neonatal seizures: a systematic review” has been published with the aim to provide a treatment algorithm, but, due to the relative paucity of clinical studies, it relies mainly on traditional antiepileptic drugs and does not distinguish between different neonatal populations, especially preterm and hypothermic neonates, who might require a dedicated approach in order to improve seizure control and reduce side effects.

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