COVID-19 Linked to Novel Epileptic Seizures

April 23, 2021

(Medscape) – COVID-19 is linked to novel seizures and subsequent adverse outcomes, including death, in patients without a previous history of epilepsy, new research shows. In a retrospective study of more than 900 patients admitted to the hospital with COVID-19, those without a known history of epilepsy had three times greater odds of experiencing novel seizures than those with a known history of epilepsy. In addition, among patients with new-onset seizures, hospital stays were about 15 days longer ? and mortality rates were significantly higher.

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