Link Between Epilepsy and TBI
Why is epilepsy a common effect of traumatic brain injury? The brain injury damages the pathways of the brain, causing the electrical function of the brain to short circuit. When this happens, a seizure results.
The tool used to diagnose epilepsy is called a Electroencephalograph (EEG), which is a machine that monitors the electrical activity of the brain. About 80% of people with epilepsy have abnormal EEGs.
Treatment of Epilepsy
Epilepsy can be treated and controlled with prescription drugs. Because epilepsy can be dangerous, it’s important that it’s treated with anti-seizure medications as soon as possible. Most doctors will prescribe a preventative course of medication to a patient who has experienced a brain injury, just to be on the safe side.