The duration of febrile seizures and peripheral leukocytosis

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In 203 consecutive children with febrile seizures, no clear association (odds ratio = 1.0 [95% CI, 0.9-1.1], P = .59) was found between seizure duration and blood leukocytosis (>or= to 15.0.109 cells/L). Increased leukocyte counts may be misinterpreted because of seizure duration. In children with febrile seizures, leukocyte counts should be used to evaluate the underlying cause of fever. (J Pediatr 1998;133:557-8)

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