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Risk Factors for Epilepsy

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Risk factors are factors that increase the possibility of getting a condition. The risk factors for epilepsy are:
(It is possible to develop epilepsy with or without these factors but these factors increase the possibility)
  • Injury to the brain
  • Head injury (trauma) / birth injury
  • Cerebral malformation
  • Stroke
  • Vasculitis – e.g. Systemic Lupus erythmetosis
  • Tumour (Primary or metastatic)
  • Conditions that might deprive the brain of oxygen – for example near drowning.
  • Infective causes: e.g. – meningitis, encephalitis, febrile convulsions etc.
  • Metabolic conditions like hypoxia, low blood sugar, low or high salt, low magnesium or calcium etc.
Other factors:
  • Exposure to lead, carbon mono oxide or other environmental toxins
  • Overdose or withdrawal or certain medications
  • Alcoholism
Different risk factors are common in specific age groups.


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