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More evidence epilepsy risk scales with brain injury severity


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Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
Reuters Health - 29/03/2021 - The likelihood of developing post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE) rises with the severity of traumatic brain injury, according to a nationwide study from Sweden. The greatest risk increase was seen with fall injuries, Dr. Johan Zelano of the University of Gothenburg and his colleagues report in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. "From a societal perspective," they write, "prevention of fall seems to be at least as important as reducing violence and traffic accidents in order to reduce the burden of PTE." Earlier studies show traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of epilepsy. To help determine the risk after various kinds of brain trauma and identify risk factors, the researchers analyzed data on all adults hospitalized for brain trauma in Sweden between 2000 and 2010. They identified nearly 112,000 patients with a first TBI hospitalization and no prior epilepsy and three times as many age- and sex-mat...


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