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Seizures and epilepsy in cancer patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20425228     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Seizures in the general population may occur for a variety of reasons, including vascular, infectious, autoimmune, genetic, and traumatic causes. In the cancer population, seizures arise mainly as a result of an infiltrative neoplastic process in the brain. However, seizures as a result of cancer treatment, metabolic causes, or paraneoplastic diseases may occur in patients with systemic cancer, even in the absence of a cerebral lesion. The etiology of seizures in brain tumor patients includes primary cerebral neoplasms and metastatic brain lesions. The treatment for seizures in this population is multifaceted and involves surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and antiepileptic drugs. All treatments have potential adverse effects, especially when combined. The treatment for brain tumor-associated seizures and epilepsy almost always is geared toward treating the tumor, but subsequent treatment of seizures often is necessary. A pragmatic approach to this problem is essential to mitigate potential complications from treatment.
Edward K Avila; Jerome Graber
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current neurology and neuroscience reports     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1534-6293     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-28     Completed Date:  2010-07-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100931790     Medline TA:  Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  60-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY, 10065, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use
Brain Neoplasms / complications*,  therapy
Epilepsy / etiology*,  therapy
Seizures / etiology*,  therapy
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