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Low incidence of seizures in patients with chronic subdural haematoma.
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PMID:  8229039     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A total of 129 patients treated for chronic subdural haematoma were studied retrospectively to evaluate the incidence of seizures. None of 73 patients who were given prophylactic antiepileptic drug treatment developed seizures. Only two of 56 patients not given prophylaxis, developed early postoperative seizures. In these two, surgical technique was thought to be responsible. One patient developed complex partial seizures preoperatively. The incidence of seizures was therefore low, and similar to that previously reported for minor head injury. This study suggests that routine use of antiepileptic prophylaxis is not justified in patients with chronic subdural haematoma caused by minor head injuries, or other causes when there are no additional lesions present on CT scans.
K Ohno; T Maehara; K Ichimura; R Suzuki; K Hirakawa; S Monma
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry     Volume:  56     ISSN:  0022-3050     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr.     Publication Date:  1993 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-12-16     Completed Date:  1993-12-16     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985191R     Medline TA:  J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1231-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurosurgery, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use
Chronic Disease
Hematoma, Subdural / complications*
Middle Aged
Seizures / drug therapy,  epidemiology,  etiology*
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