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Trends Pharmacol Sci. 1997 Feb;18(2):59-62.

Preventing post-traumatic epilepsy after brain injury: weighing the costs and benefits of anticonvulsant prophylaxis.

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  • Department of Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder 80309, USA.


If the primary goal in the treatment of traumatic brain injury is the minimization of post-injury morbidity, treatment strategies that effectively prevent the development of post-traumatic epilepsy and have a beneficial (or at least neutral) impact on functional recovery are necessary. Here, Theresa Hernandez discusses the degree to which the current post-injury practice of anticonvulsant prophylaxis satisfies each of these criteria.

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  • Prevention of epilepsy. [Trends Pharmacol Sci. 1998]
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