A febrile seizure is a generalized tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizure that occurs in some young children as a response to a high fever. Febrile seizures are usually associated with rapidly rising fevers, and typically occur early in the fever rather than later. Nearly all children recover fully.
Reviewed last on: 10/5/2008
Jacob L. Heller, MD, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, Clinic. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.