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Posttraumatic epilepsy and treatment

James W. Y. Chen, MD, PhD, et al.

After a head injury, epilepsy could develop as a late complication. When injury is severe, the likelihood of epilepsy developing is high. After a penetrating head injury, epilepsy could occur in 53% of patients. With a mild injury, such as a concussion, the chance of developing epilepsy is around 1%. The potential downside of epilepsy is dreadful. Car accidents, physical injuries, drowning, and aspiration could occur during seizures. Over time, seizures might become difficult to control, and patients could find daily life hard to cope with. Early diagnosis and treatment are important for patients to lead productive lives.

Volume 46 Number 6, 2009
   Pages 685 — 696

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