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Infantile and childhood convulsions, and Sa.Gig XXIX

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The discovery of new texts and a Commentary of Tablet XXIX of the diagnostic series Sakikku or Sa.gig was reported in 1988 in a familiar study. It is well known that convulsions in infants and young children form a special category in neurological disorders. The nervous system at this age is relatively immature, and brain irritation, however caused, may send signals to the nerves which cause contracture of various kinds in the responding muscles. With the young as our only concern in this chapter, it may be said that infantile and childhood convulsions have many causes of which two are mentioned. The first is birth injury with intra-cranial damage, this being the more likely to occur following a difficult or prolonged labour. The second cause is a rise in temperature following an infection, the resulting state being then known as febrile convulsions.

Keywords: brain irritation; childhood convulsions; infant; neurological disorders; prolonged labour; Sa.gig



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