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are there any connections between ms and seizure disorders?

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 30 years experience
Yes: People with MS have a higher incidence of developing epilepsy over time. They are partial-onset seizures which can generalize into convulsions in some cases
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Seizures and MS: About 2% of people with MS may have a seizure during their lifetime. This is slightly more frequent than people without MS. So yes, there is a connection. Anything that irritates the brain may cause a seizure. It is surprising people with MS do not have seizures more often.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Maybe: If you have MS, there is a 7-8% incidence of epileptic seizures. But the reverse is NOT true, as epilepsy otherwise does NOT relate to MS.

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