A prospective survey-based approach was utilized to analyze postictal symptom data from 208 children seen in a Children's Hospital Neurology outpatient department.
86% of children report postictal symptoms which include:
- Fatigue, sleepiness and/or tiredness - 90%
- Weakness and/or being unable to move normally which prevented normal activities - 78%
Postictal clinical phenomena have a significant functional impact on the lives of children with epilepsy.
Following an epileptic seizure, the altered state of consciousness that follows is deemed the "postictal state". Usually it lasts for 5-30 minutes but may be longer. Individuals have reported diverse symptoms (drowsiness, confusion, nausea, headaches, etc.) however these have not been well characterized in children.