Journal article

First seizure presentations in adults: beyond assessment and treatment

Emma Foster, Patrick Carney, Danny Liew, Zanfina Ademi, Terry O'Brien, Patrick Kwan

Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019


Almost 10% of people will experience at least one seizure over a lifetime. Although common, first seizures are serious events and warrant careful assessment and management. First seizures may be provoked by acute or remote symptomatic factors including life-threatening metabolic derangements, drug toxicity or structural brain lesions. An unprovoked first seizure may herald the onset of epilepsy and may be accompanied by medical and psychiatric illnesses. Accidents, injuries and death associated with first seizures are likely under-reported. The cognitive and emotional impact of first seizures is often neglected. Evaluation of a patient presenting with a first seizure requires careful history..

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