Health Discoveries in Brain Tumors

Epileptic seizure may indicate undetected brain tumor

April 13, 2011
Epileptic seizures may be an indication of a very early-stage brain tumor or a tumor not detected during a brain scan, according to the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

Researchers at the University of Oxford's Department of Public Health reviewed hospital admissions from 1963 to 2005 and found that those who were admitted for the first time for an epileptic seizure were almost 20 times more likely to develop a brain tumor than people hospitalized for other health problems.

In addition, the risk of people with epilepsy developing a brain tumor after being hospitalized for a seizure continued to be very high for many years after the hospitalization, the researchers found.

"Our study suggests that a tumor as an underlying cause for epilepsy may not become apparent for several years after onset and indicates a need for ongoing vigilance," the researchers wrote in an online edition of the journal.

Within the North Shore-LIJ Health System, the Harvey Cushing Institutes of Neuroscience offer epilepsy programs with a multidisciplinary team of specialists who work together to understand the disease and learn about the latest therapy options available.
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