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[Cerebral seizures, alcoholism, and deliria (author's transl)].

[Article in German]


The occurrence of cerebral seizures in alcoholics was investigated in case histories of 84 delirious and nondelirious male patients. Eighteen patients had seizures before they became alcoholics; the frequency of the seizures increased during abuse. Twelve had no deliria at all up to the moment of this investigation; in 66 of the patients the occurrence of seizures was assumed to be caused by alcohol abuse alone. Seventy-one patients had seizures irrespective of deliria and nearly 40% of them had no deliria at all. In 21% we observed only deliria with seizures; in 16% only deliria without seizures; and 24% had deliria both with and without seizures. The remaining 13 patients of 84 had only deliria complicated by cerebral seizures; only 3 had deliria without seizures. The seizures occurred as grand mal in 94% of the alcoholics, in all patients with genuine epilepsy, and in 60% of the patients with post-traumatic epilepsy.

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