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Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2010 May;112(4):328-31. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2010.01.004. Epub 2010 Feb 4.

Acute ischemic stroke treatment and the occurrence of seizures.

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Department of Neurology, University Hospital, De Pintelaan 185, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. dereuck.j@gmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:

Early intravenous treatment with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) improves the outcome of patients with an acute ischemic stroke. This retrospective observational study analyses whether rt-PA treatment also prevents the occurrence of early- and late-onset seizures.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Thirty-eight patients treated with rt-PA were compared to 269 receiving anticoagulants (ACs) and 769 on antithrombotics (ATs) for an acute cardiac- or thrombo-embolic stroke. The epidemiological and clinical data, and the vascular risk factors were determined in the three groups. The incidence, onset and types of seizures were compared.

RESULTS:

The patients treated with rt-PA had more severe stroke signs on admission and remained more dependent than those treated with ACs and ATs. The appearance of early-onset seizures was related to the severity of the stroke. The incidence of the late-onset ones tended to be low in the rt-PA group. None of the patients developed status epilepticus or epilepsy.

CONCLUSION:

The occurrence of early-onset seizures in the rt-PA treated group is related to the severity of the stroke and not to the treatment modality. Thrombolysis prevents partly the occurrence of late-onset seizures, probably, by a better reperfusion of the ischemic brain regions.

PMID:
20133048
DOI:
10.1016/j.clineuro.2010.01.004
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