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Small patients – big challenges: diagnosis and classification of neonatal seizures

  • Organiser Natus Neuro Training Academy
  • Type Education
  • Date 20 January 2021

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Wednesday 20th January 2021

3:00 AM AEST

Expected Duration: 1 hour

Format: Live eSeminar

This event will be recorded.

Please register for online access up to 30 days after event.


Seizures are the most common expression of brain injury in neonates. Accurate diagnosis of neonatal seizures is challenging due to the fact that seizures may resemble normal or abnormal neonatal behaviours and at the same time many seizures have only subtle clinical signs or are electrographic only. Prompt diagnosis is necessary to allow early treatment. The new ILAE neonatal seizure classification provides a novel, evidence-based framework for the diagnosis and classification of neonatal seizures that integrates clinical signs and electroencephalographic findings.

Learning objectives:

1. Understand the difficulties in neonatal seizure diagnosis

2. Understand the electrographic pattern of neonatal seizures

3. Understand the value of a seizure classification and its implication for clinical management.


Ronit M Pressler PhD MD MRCPCH

Ronit is Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology and clinical lead of the Telemetry Unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, London and Associate Professor at the UCL-Institute of Child Health. She qualified from Berlin University in 1992 and trained in paediatrics in Berlin, Germany and clinical neurophysiology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.

Her research interests include neonatal seizures, particularly their diagnosis and treatment, as well as childhood epilepsy. She is chair of the ILAE neonatal seizure classification task force as well as co-chair of the ILAE neonatal guidelines task force. She has an international reputation for teaching neonatal EEG and is director of the ILAE EEG course ‘EEG in the first year of life’.

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