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Who Gets Epilepsy After Traumatic Brain Injury?

July 28, 2019

Epilepsy After Traumatic Brain Injury 

  • According to the Centers for Disease and Control, traumatic brain injury (TBI) requiring a TBI-related emergency department visit, hospitalization or death is increasing;
  • It has increased by fifty-three percent (53%)

Cullotta Law OfficesWhat is the relationship between epilepsy and brain injury?

  • One in ten people with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) will develop epilepsy.  It is important to note, epilepsy is only one life long effect a TBI  can cause.  
  • In fact, when you experience a traumatic brain injury as a result of an automobile accident you are at higher risk of developing seizures. 
  • If seizure begins ONE week after my traumatic brain injury,  what is the chance i am going to have another post-traumatic  epileptic attack? 
  • Those who suffer a seizure ONE week after suffering head trauma are 80% more likely to suffer Post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE)

Should i seek Treatment for my post brain injury seizure ?

  • Seizures usually happen where there is a scar in the brain followed by new neurons after a brain injury. If left untreated, these cells may contribute to the development of epilepsy.

New Research 

  • Hsieh at The University of Texas at San Antonio systematically removed new neurons from mice.
  • New research also shows seizures decreased by 65% over the two months new neurons are removed
  • “While we cannot stop the first seizures, we can try to prevent the secondary seizures. This is very exciting and may lead to new therapeutic strategies.”
  • “We found that once the treatment stopped, the seizure reduction was not permanent….” said Hsieh.

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Contact Brain Injury Lawyer at Cullotta Law Offices – located in Glenview and Chicago, IL –  if you sustained a brain injury as a result of a car accident.  There is no fee until we settle or win. Our initial consultation can be by telephone or in person.  Call us today to schedule your Free consultation with Josephine Cullotta. 


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