Epilepsy

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EPILEPSY, med. jur. A disease of the brain, which occurs in paroxysms, with uncertain intervals between them.
     2. These paroxysms are characterized by the loss of sensation, and convulsive motions of the muscles. When long continued and violent, this disease is very apt to end in dementia. (q.v.) It gradually destroys the memory, and impairs the intellect, and is one of the causes of an unsound mind. 8 Ves. 87. Vide Dig. 50, 16, 123; Id. 21, 1, 4, 5.

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The AES recommends improvement in the neuropsychological evaluation for veterans with posttraumatic epilepsy.
Prognostic factors in the occurrence of posttraumatic epilepsy after penetrating head injury suffered during military service.
There are other projects as well, involving the increased incidence of migraine among active duty personnel, posttraumatic epilepsy, and even stroke among veterans.
Abbreviations: AED = antiepileptic drug, APOE = apolipoprotein E, CBZ = carbamazepine, CPSE = complex partial status epilepticus, CT = computed tomography, DOD = Department of Defense, EEG = electroencephalography, EMU = epilepsy monitoring unit, GABA = gamma-aminobutyric acid, LOC = loss of consciousness, MRI = magnetic resonance imaging, OIF/OEF = Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom, PB = phenobarbital, PET = positron emission tomography, PHT = phenytoin, PTE = posttraumatic epilepsy, PTSD = posttraumatic stress disorder, TBI = traumatic brain injury, VA = Department of Veterans Affairs, VHA = Veterans Health Administration, VISN = Veterans Integrated Service Network, VPA = valproic acid.
Patients with partial and generalized forms of epilepsy were more likely to have migraines, with the biggest increase--fourfold--in those with posttraumatic epilepsy.

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