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Dementia. 1995 Sep-Oct;6(5):258-63.

Effect of seizures on progression of dementia of the Alzheimer type.

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Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center, E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, MA 01730, USA.


A survey of institutionalized patients with clinical diagnosis of probable dementia of the Alzheimer type (DAT) indicated that 21% of patients developed seizures after the onset of DAT. Of the total of 27 patients, 11 developed seizures at home and 16 after institutionalization. In 9 of 11 patients (82%), who suffered the initial seizure at home, the patients' condition suddenly worsened and required long-term care admission within 6 months of the seizure onset. Language function declined significantly more rapidly in 5 patients with seizures than in controls matched by age and duration of DAT.

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