Brain infections and epilepsy

Takeaway

  • Epilepsy is a common sequela of several types of brain infection in adults; with infection type, severity and acute phase seizure propensity influencing subsequent epilepsy risk.

Why this matters

  • Acquired epilepsy secondary to brain infection is well-documented, particularly in developing countries; however, there is a paucity of current population-based research detailing the risk of postinfectious epilepsy for various infection types in developed nations.

  • The association between brain infections and epilepsy has important implications for the development and delivery of tailored management strategies for patients, from initial admission right through to short- and long-term follow-up, for maximum risk reduction.