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April2012 Vol.49 Issue:        2        Table of Contents
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Epilepsy among Dementia Subtypes

Yossri Ashour, Ahmed Abou-Hagar

Department of Neurology, Suez Canal University; Egypt


Background: Dementia has been studied as a risk for developing epilepsy. Objective: To investigate the risk of developing the first convulsive seizure among dementia subtypes. Methods: Eighty six non-epileptic dementia patients were recruited from the neurology clinic in Suez Canal University hospital between January 2006 and January 2007 with three years follow up. Patients’ data were collected through medical history, clinical examination, full laboratory investigations and brain MRI. Patients who developed convulsive seizure were further evaluated. Results: Fourteen percent of patients developed convulsive seizure equally distributed between subgroups depending on MRI findings. Conclusion: The risk for developing epilepsy in dementia is independent of the nature of the disease (vascular or degenerative). [Egypt J Neurol Psychiat Neurosurg. 2012; 49(2): 105-108].

Key Words: dementia, epilepsy, MRI, Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia.

Correspondence to Yossri Ashour. Neurology unit, Suez Canal University; Egypt.

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