Role of anticonvulsants in the management of posttraumatic epilepsy

Batool F. Kirmani, Diana Mungall Robinson, Ekokobe Fonkem, Kevin Graf, Jason H. Huang

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Posttraumatic seizures (PTS) have been recognized as a major complication of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The annual incidence of TBI in the United States is 1.7 million. The role of anticonvulsants in the treatment of posttraumatic epilepsy (PTE) remains uncertain. Based on current studies, however, anticonvulsants have been shown to reduce early PTS occurring within the first 7 days, but little to no benefits have been shown in late PTS occurring after 7 days. In this paper, we provide a mini review of the role of anticonvulsants and current advances in the management of PTE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number32
JournalFrontiers in Neurology
Issue numberMAR
StatePublished - Mar 22 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Anticonvulsants
  • Epilepsy
  • Management
  • Posttraumatic seizures
  • Traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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