Risk factors for epilepsy include:
Any injury to the brain, either from external (environmental) or internal (medical/metabolic) sources can increase your risk of epilepsy.
Side View of the Brain
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Brain injury can be caused by:
In some cases, epilepsy can result from genetic abnormalities inherited at birth.
Different causes and types of seizures are more or less likely depending on your age.
In children, risk factors include:
Other factors that can increase your risk of epilepsy include:
Other environmental toxins
Certain illegal drugs
Overdose or withdrawal of antidepressants and other medications
Epilepsy Foundationwebsite. Available at: http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/ .
The Merck Manual of Medical Information. 17th ed. Simon and Schuster, Inc; 2000.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/ .
Last reviewed April 2007 by Roshni N. Patel, MD
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