Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences




Background/aim: In recent years ischemia-modified albumin (IMA) has been suggested as a marker that can be used in differentiating nonconvulsive conditions from epilepsy. The purpose of this study was to investigate changes in IMA levels caused by generalized clonic tonic (GTC) seizures. Materials and methods: A total of 114 children presenting to the Karadeniz Technical Pediatric Emergency Polyclinic with GTC seizures were included in the study. Sixteen cases meeting the inclusion criteria were included in the study and sixteen healthy children were enrolled as the control group. The patients' IMA, albumin, and IMA/albumin values at hours 0 and 1 following the episode were compared with control group values. Results: IMA levels in the patient group were significantly higher at hour 1 compared to hour 0, and were also significantly higher than those of the control group levels at hour 1. In addition, the patient group IMA/albumin index value at hour 1 was significantly higher than the baseline value. IMA levels increased significantly with length of seizure. Conclusion: Although there were no markers of hypoxia in patients undergoing GTC seizures in this study, hypoxia was observed to develop, and this caused serum IMA levels to rise in line with seizure duration.


Ischemia-modified albumin, generalized clonic tonic, albumin, IMA/albumin

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