Thursday, December 27, 2012

Mild Brain Cooling Following Traumatic Brain Injury Helps Prevent Future Epileptic Seizures

A recent study reported in this month's Annals of Neurology shows that mild cooling of the head after a traumatic brain injury virtually eliminates the occurrence of future epileptic seizures. The study was done by a multi-institutional research team consisting of doctors from around the country. While epilepsy can result from genetics, it can often occur as a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
For young adults, traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of acquired epilepsy. If future epileptic seizures can be prevented in young people that experience traumatic brain injuries, it would be a huge win for doctors treating these patients. Currently, antiepileptic medications are often unsuccessful at treating epileptic seizures. Thus, stopping the seizures before they begin would be a wonderful solution to a difficult problem.

http://www.washington.edu/news/2012/12/20/mild-brain-cooling-after-head-injury-prevents-epileptic-seizures-in-lab-study/

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