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Brain Injury May Raise Soldier's Epilepsy Risk
Date:7/20/2010

ain volume loss from the trauma, metal fragments that remain within the brain, and the presence of a hematoma associated with the initial injury.

Seizures that develop after head trauma tend to be difficult to treat effectively, and patients tend to have persistent seizures once they develop, said Willmore, an associate dean and professor of neurology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

"Post-traumatic epilepsy has been known since antiquity, and researchers have yet to learn how to prevent its development following severe trauma, whether in combat or among the civilian population," Willmore said.

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For more information on epilepsy, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Jordan Grafman, Ph.D., senior investigator, U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, Md.; L. James Willmore, M.D., associate dean and professor of neurology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo.; July 20, 2010, Neurology


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