August 6, 2019

Multiple Sclerosis Increases Risk for Seizures and Epileptic Activity

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Image credit: Neurology Adviser. Increased load of cerebral lesions occurring in MS patients may act as a risk factor for the development of epilepsy.

Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) have a higher risk of developing seizures compared with the general population, according to study results published in Frontiers in Neurology.

Patients with MS and comorbid seizures or epilepsy presenting to a neurology department in at one hospital in Germany between 2003 and 2015 were identified (n=22; mean age, 48.5±15.2 years [range, 18 to 76 years]). Epilepsy was defined using the International League Against Epilepsy 2017 criteria. The study relied on electronic and non-electronic medical record data for retrospective review.

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