25-2-2009 | Brain injury raises risk of epilepsy

Danish researchers have found that children and young adults who suffer a traumatic brain injury are at high risk of developing epilepsy for more than 10 years after the injury.

The researchers analysis revealed that the risk of epilepsy was more than doubled among people who'd suffered a mild brain injury or skull fracture and was seven time higher than normal in those who'd suffered a serious brain injury.

Even after more than 10 years, people who'd suffered a mild brain injury were 1.5 times more likely than normal to develop epilepsy, those who'd suffered skull fractures had twice the risk, and those who'd suffered severe brain injury had 4.5 times the risk.

The study also reports a number of other discoveries:

The study was released in the online version of The Lancet