Category: "Causes"

Seizure Phobia a ‘Distinct Anxiety Disorder’ in Epilepsy

Seizure Phobia a ‘Distinct Anxiety Disorder’ in Epilepsy

Seizure phobia occurs in nearly one-third of people with epilepsy (PWE), but was mainly associated with variables not related to epilepsy, based on data from 69 adults. Anxiety and depression are known to affect quality of life in epilepsy patients, and previous studies have shown that anticipatory anxiety of epileptic seizures (AAS) was present in 53% of patients with focal epilepsy, […]

Lamotrigine Linked to Lowest Mortality Risk in Poststroke Epilepsy

Lamotrigine Linked to Lowest Mortality Risk in Poststroke Epilepsy

Among antiseizure medications (ASMs) used as monotherapy in poststroke epilepsy (PSE), lamotrigine is associated with the lowest risk for mortality and valproic acid is associated with the highest risk, new research suggests. Investigators assessed more than 2500 patients, most in their late seventies, using carbamazepine as a comparator. Results showed that valproic acid, phenytoin, and oxcarbazepine had a significantly higher risk for all-cause and cardiovascular death […]

Is Hypertension a Risk Factor for Late-Onset Epilepsy in Older Adults?

Is Hypertension a Risk Factor for Late-Onset Epilepsy in Older Adults?

Hypertension is associated with 2-2.5-fold increased risk of developing late-onset epilepsy (LOE) in older age, according to study findings published in Epilepsia. Following stroke and dementia, epilepsy is the third most common neurologic condition that affects older adults. The incidence and prevalence of LOE is projected to increase alongside an increasing aging population. Yet, in 32%-48% […]

‘Very High’ Risk of Epilepsy 1 Year After Stroke

‘Very High’ Risk of Epilepsy 1 Year After Stroke

Patients who experience stroke have a “very high” risk of epilepsy 1 year later, new research shows. Results from a large registry study reveals patients who experienced a severe intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) had an almost 10% chance of developing epilepsy or status epilepticus in the first year after the event. The same risk was 8% for patients with severe acute ischemic stroke (AIS) and […]

Everything You Need to Know About Epilepsy

Everything You Need to Know About Epilepsy

What is epilepsy? Epilepsy is a chronic disorder that causes unprovoked, recurrent seizures. A seizure is a sudden rush of electrical activity in the brain. There are two main types of seizures. Generalized seizures affect the whole brain. Focal, or partial seizures, affect just one part of the brain. A mild seizure may be difficult […]

Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Epilepsy in Children

Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Epilepsy in Children

Epilepsy is a brain condition that causes recurring seizures. It affects about 470,000 children and 3 million adultsTrusted Source in the United States. Seizures are episodes of neurological symptoms caused by changes in your brain’s electrical activity. Tonic-colonic seizures, previously known as grand mal seizures, cause a change of consciousness and full-body convulsions. Some other types of seizures cause symptoms […]

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