The Effect Of Antiepileptic Medication On Indices Of Bone Health And Risk Factors For Falls And Fractures

Grant number: 400089

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Abstract

Epilepsy is a common brain disorder and most patients with epilepsy take anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) for many years. These patients have high rates of bone fractures, but the reasons are uncertain. Earlier studies identifying an association between AED use and bone disease were performed on institutionalised patients, and more recent studies on outpatient populations have been conflicting. A better understanding of this problem is critical for designing potential preventive measures and treatments. One important additional mechanism by which AEDs may increase fracture risk is impairment of gait and balance, leading to a high risk of falls. We have novel data demonstrating the power of a Twin..

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