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Main Causes

Main Causes

Main Causes
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So with respect to causes or risk factors for epilepsy. Again, that is something that sort of changes a little bit with age. But in general, what we're looking for is major head trauma associated with skull fracture, loss of consciousness, any history of brain infection, meningitis, encephalitis. In older adults, we are certainly looking for a prior history of stroke. It's interesting, about 20% of all strokes can lead to seizures later on. The seizures that occur with strokes, they don't occur at the time of the stroke. That's actually unusual. This is months or years later as the scar tissue forms. So it's not one of these things that happens immediately and it depends on the type of stroke itself.

Doctor Profile

David Teeple, MD

Neurologist

  • Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Neurology and Neurophysiology
  • Special area of expertise is in Stroke, Epilepsy, Therapeutic Botox
  • Director of the Stroke Care Program at Tucson Medical Center

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