News Notes. Ann Intern Med. 1998;128:704. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-128-8-199804150-00041
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1998;128(8):704.
The risk for seizures after traumatic brain injury increases greatly with the severity of the injury, according to a recent large study of adults and children who had such injuries. Researchers led by John F. Annegers, PhD, of the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston examined records of 4541 patients in Olmstead County, Minnesota, who were injured between 1935 and 1984. They reported that patients who sustained mild injuries (for example, amnesia or loss of consciousness that lasted less than 30 minutes) had 1.5 greater risk for seizure than the general population (N Engl J Med. 1998; 338:20-4). The increased risk disappeared after 5 years. By comparison, seizure risk increased 2.9-fold after moderate injuries and 17-fold after severe injuries.
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