Seizures in a 7-Month-Old Child After Exposure to the Essential Plant Oil Thuja

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Abstract

A previously healthy 7-month-old child was treated with homeopathic preparations of thuja, a potentially convulsant compound, for the purpose of providing a calming effect around times of immunizations. The child developed eight generalized tonic-clonic seizures with no other obvious cause, in the context of normal electroencephalograms and a normal brain magnetic resonance imaging scan. Seizures stopped after discontinuation of thuja and brief treatment with phenobarbital. The epileptogenic potential of plant-derived essential oils and other herbal remedies should be recognized by practitioners providing neurologic care to children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)446-448
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Neurology
Volume37
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Thuja
Plant Oils
Volatile Oils
Seizures
Convulsants
Phenobarbital
Child Care
Nervous System
Electroencephalography
Immunization
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Brain
Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Neurology

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Seizures in a 7-Month-Old Child After Exposure to the Essential Plant Oil Thuja. / Stafstrom, Carl.

In: Pediatric Neurology, Vol. 37, No. 6, 12.2007, p. 446-448.

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