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Can Epilepsy Cause A Coma
A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Epileptic seizures may occasionally result in loss of consciousness and confusion. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more
Brain injury: Deep centers of the brain control the ability to react to our environment and control our basic needs. When these deep centers are damaged we lose the ability to react and control. This is described as a state of coma. Brain swelling, brain infection, brain hemorrhage, stroke, trauma, all can result in a state of coma. Recovery depends on the degree of initial damage. ...Read more
?????: Pharmacologically induced coma may be used to treat seizures, i.e. Uncontrolled seizures, i.e. Status epilepticus. The idea is that stopping all brain activity beyond what is metabolically essential to maintain neuronal viability will cause the culprit neurons to stop firing abnormally when the drug is stopped. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: If the hyperglycemia is high enough it can lead to diabetic coma. We call this hyperosmolar hyperglycemia coma or syndrome. Diabetes ketoacidosis coma is another form of diabetic coma but this one is caused by not having Insulin rather than the extreme hyperglycemia (which is just a sign for this coma). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brain injury: Post-traumatic epilepsy occurs if the brain is injured in a vulnerable area. The amount of force may be variable, as in repetitive head injuries from football or hockey or generic boxing. Many open head injuries can lead to epilepsy. So, this is not an issue of "how hard", but rather the where and consequence. ...Read more
Likely a cause: Some sporadic seizures elude explanation, but there is always some cause, just hard to find. Some medications can cause seizures, such as welbutrin or tramadol, but recreational drugs also (cocaine, amphetamines), alcohol, head injuries, occult viral meningitis (diagnosed as a migraine), congenital brain scars, maldevelopmental areas of brain. ...Read more
No: Video games do not cause epilepsy, however they may unmask a pre-exisitng seizure disorder. The different lights and sounds may trigger seizures in some susceptible children. Make sure your child has less than 2 hrs of screen (iphone, video, computer) time a day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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