Seizures and epilepsy may be the result of a traumatic brain injury.
Seizures and epilepsy caused by brain trauma are known as post-traumatic epilepsy. Seizures and epilepsy can result from any type of head trauma. Some of the common cases include:
- Car accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Falls on dangerous premises
- Unsafe work sites
Traumatic brain injuries are responsible for over 4 percent of cases of seizures and epilepsy. In fact, the risk of seizure is 12 times higher within the first 12 months after a head injury. In this post, our Chicago traumatic brain injury lawyer will discuss traumatic epilepsy in detail.
Epilepsy as a Result of a TBI
Individuals who suffer a TBI have to undergo extensive treatment, and the road to recover is often long and challenging. They often have to go through medical treatment, rehabilitation, and occupational therapy. The patient also faces the possibility of side effects and complications as a result of the TBI. One such complications that can arise after a TBI is epilepsy. There are various kinds of seizure disorders, but the one stemming from a traumatic brain injury is known as post-traumatic epilepsy. It’s impact on a person’s life depends on how severe the seizure disorder is.
The symptoms of epilepsy can show up immediately after the brain injury, or it can take days or even months for the symptoms to show up. The symptoms may range from being mild and frequent, to sporadic and unpredictable. Some common symptoms include shaking, tremors, and convulsions.
There are tests available to diagnose seizure disorders and their severity. The most commonly used test is known as EEG monitoring, which involves the use of a medical testing device to measure the brain’s activity and electrical impulses.
Seizures Can Occur Any Time After TBI
After a brain injury, seizures can occur either immediately or days later. If the patient experiences a seizures within 24 hours after a TBI, it is referred to as an early onset seizure. Late seizures may occur days or even months after a TBI.
Seizures can be classified and generalized and partial seizures. A generalized seizure is the one that begins in one part of the brain and spreads to other areas. It results in violent shaking of the neck, head and limbs. Partial seizures occur when only a part of the brain is affected, and the seizures are also confined to one area of the brain. The person may be conscious or unconscious during a seizure. These seizures may cause an altered sense of taste and smell, uncontrollable crying or an uncomfortable feeling of fear, and usually no convulsions.
Common Brain Injuries Associated with Traumatic Epilepsy
Some of the common most brain injuries associated with seizures and epilepsy include:
- Blunt head trauma
- Open head injury
- Skull fractures
- Mild traumatic brain injury that results in shearing and tearing of brain fibers
- Penetrating injuries to the skull and brain
- Bleeding in the brain
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