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Seizures in the Setting of Trauma 

Seizures in the Setting of Trauma
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Seizures in the Setting of Trauma
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Sara Hefton

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190936259.003.0016
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date: 26 June 2022

This chapter on seizures in the setting of trauma reviews the risk factors for seizures after traumatic brain injury (TBI), their medical prophylaxis, and their management using a case study to illustrate salient points. Differentiation of early and late posttraumatic seizures is discussed. Pathogenesis, incidence, and risk factors for early and late posttraumatic seizures are reviewed, as is posttraumatic epilepsy. Appropriate prophylactic antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are discussed, as well as the management of seizures and status epilepticus in the setting of TBI. Prognosis and anticipated outcomes are considered.

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