Prevalence of Hypocalcemia in Seizures in Infancy: Correspondence
To the Editor : We read an article by Kamate et al. and would like to appreciate the authors for highlighting the prevalence of an under-recognized, significant and treatable cause of seizures in children . However, there are certain points we would like to highlight, clarification of which will bring more clarity to this issue.
Authors stated that the current guidelines, though suggest, but do not mandate testing for hypocalcemia in a child with seizures. However, recently revised and updated guidelines by Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) says it’s mandatory to do serum calcium in all cases of neonatal seizure and advice that it should be done in other age groups . It seems to be very rational because the prevalence of hypocalcemia during seizures is much more common in neonates compared to other age groups and same has been highlighted in the current study also.
Authors excluded children with central nervous system infections, dyselectrolytemia, and hypoglycemia. If the...