posttraumatic epilepsy


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post·trau·mat·ic ep·i·lep·sy

a convulsive state following and causally related to head injury; with brain damage either manifested clinically or ascertained by special examinations such as computed tomography. To assume causal relationship, the patient must have had no previous epilepsy, no cerebral disease, and no other brain trauma. The attacks should have started, depending on the severity of the wounding, within 3 months to 2 years of the alleged trauma and be of a type compatible with the site of injury and the abnormalities found on EEG.

posttraumatic epilepsy

post·trau·mat·ic ep·i·lep·sy

(pōst'traw-mat'ik ep'i-lep'sē)
A convulsive state following and causally related to head injury, with brain damage either manifested clinically or ascertained by special examinations such as computed tomography.
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The AES supports the development of an educational program for patients, families, and health care providers regarding posttraumatic epilepsy.
Education for primary care physicians should also be developed so that posttraumatic epilepsy is recognized early and treated effectively.
The AES supports education of trainees in the VA system about posttraumatic epilepsy.
The working definition of posttraumatic epilepsy (PTE), based on the traditional definition of epilepsy, is two or more unprovoked seizures after a head injury.
Risk of Posttraumatic Epilepsy in Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury

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