By Nancy Walsh, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Published: September 20, 2010
Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and
Dorothy Caputo, MA, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Nurse Planner

The H1N1 influenza pandemic that struck during 2009 was characterized by severe neurologic complications in a small group of hospitalized children, a retrospective study found.

Among 303 children admitted to the hospital for influenza between April and November of that year, 18 had neurologic complications, according to Jeffrey J. Ekstrand, MD, PhD, of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and colleagues.

The most common manifestations were seizures, which were seen in 12 patients (67%), with seven of the children presenting in status epilepticus, the researchers reported online in Annals of Neurology.

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