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Epileptic seizure induced by fennel essential oil.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21865126     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An epileptic seizure is reported in a 38-year-old woman, known to be an epileptic patient. Although she was under antiepileptic treatment and had well-controlled epilepsy, she developed a typical generalised tonic-clonic seizure and remained unconscious for 45 minutes following ingestion of a number of cakes containing an unknown quantity of fennel essential oil. Involuntary diarrhoea accompanied her epileptic seizure. This reported case recalls the fact that fennel essential oil can induce seizures and that this oil should probably be avoided by patients with epilepsy. Labelling of products with fennel essential oil should refer to the risk of seizures, particularly for patients with epilepsy. An awareness programme should involve all stakeholders affected by this issue.
Souad Skalli; Rachida Soulaymani Bencheikh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epileptic disorders : international epilepsy journal with videotape     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1294-9361     ISO Abbreviation:  Epileptic Disord     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-19     Completed Date:  2011-12-02     Revised Date:  2013-08-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100891853     Medline TA:  Epileptic Disord     Country:  France    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  345-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Moroccan Pharmacovigilance Centre, Rabat, Morocco.
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MeSH Terms
Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use
Epilepsy / complications,  drug therapy
Epilepsy, Tonic-Clonic / chemically induced
Foeniculum / adverse effects*
Oils, Volatile / adverse effects*
Seizures / chemically induced*
Triazines / therapeutic use
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anticonvulsants; 0/Oils, Volatile; 0/Triazines; U3H27498KS/lamotrigine

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