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World J Clin Cases. Apr 16, 2015; 3(4): 381-384
Published online Apr 16, 2015. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v3.i4.381
Importance of cardiological evaluation for first seizures
Ho Choong, Ibrahim Hanna, Roy Beran
Ho Choong, Ibrahim Hanna, Roy Beran, Department of Neurology and Neurophysiology Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool BC, NSW 1871, Australia
Roy Beran, School of Medicine, Griffith University, Southport, Queensland 4222, Australia
Roy Beran, Strategic Health Evaluators, Chastwood, NSW 2067, Australia
Author contributions: Choong H and Hanna I collected patients’ clinical data; Choong H searched for relevant references from pubmed; Choong H and Beran R wrote the paper.
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Correspondence to: Roy Beran, Professor, Strategic Health Evaluators, Suite 5, 6th Floor, 12 Thomas Street, Chastwood, NSW 2067, Australia.
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Received: June 5, 2014
Peer-review started: June 8, 2014
First decision: June 27, 2014
Revised: January 20, 2015
Accepted: February 4, 2015
Article in press: February 9, 2015
Published online: April 16, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Long QT syndrome (LQTS), with subsequent cerebral ischemia due to cardiac dysrhythmia, may cause seizures. It is imperative to consider LQTS in patients presenting with first seizure so as to avoid possible brain damage from prolonged cerebral hypoxemia. Failure to recognise LQTS may result in successful suit for negligence if not properly investigated and managed.