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Seizures in Multiple Sclerosis

 
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The authors of Reference 1 report that the optimum choice of anti-epileptic drugs and duration of treatment is not clear.

In population-based studies of 1,843 MS patients, 59 developed seizures after the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, while 11 developed seizures before the MS diagnosis. It is not clear whether the two conditions were related in those patients who developed seizures first.

The Mayo Clinic web site recommends medical advice for anyone who experiences a first seizure.

References:

1. Kelley BJ et al, “Seizures in patients with multiple sclerosis: Epidemiology, pathophysiology and management”, CNS Drugs. 2009; 23(10): 805-815.

2. More information on seizures:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/epilepsy/DS00342

Linda Fugate is a scientist and writer in Austin, Texas. She has a Ph.D. in Physics and an M.S. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering. Her background includes academic and industrial research in materials science. She currently writes song lyrics and health articles.

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