Can untreated seizures cause brain damage?

Most types of seizures do not cause damage to the brain. However, having a prolonged, uncontrolled seizure can cause harm. Because of this, treat any seizure lasting over 5 minutes as a medical emergency.

What happens if seizures go untreated?

The consequences of epilepsy can be quite severe and include shortened lifespan, excessive bodily injury, neuropsychological and psychiatric impairment, and social disability. There is evidence that seizures cause brain injury, including neuronal death and physiological dysfunction.

How many seizures can you have before brain damage?

A seizure that lasts longer than 5 minutes, or having more than 1 seizure within a 5 minutes period, without returning to a normal level of consciousness between episodes is called status epilepticus. This is a medical emergency that may lead to permanent brain damage or death.

What kind of brain damage can seizures cause?

The relationship between seizures and brain damage can be cyclical. On the one hand, seizures can lead to brain injury; on the other hand, a brain injury can result in seizures later on. Scientific evidence and research have long shown that prolonged seizures can kill brain cells and cause other damage.

Can seizures cause brain damage?

Usually, a seizure does not cause any lasting damage to the brain. However, having many seizures, or having seizures that are particularly severe, may cause a person to become more forgetful or find it difficult to concentrate. People with epilepsy have an increased risk of developing depression.

What are the long term effects of seizures?

Long lasting seizures, or status epilepticus, may also cause brain damage or death. People with epilepsy are eight times more likely than people without it to experience certain other chronic conditions, including dementia, migraine, heart disease, and depression.

Do seizures cause permanent damage?

Are seizures common at end of life?

Seizures occur in 10-15% of palliative care patients. Seizures at the end of life can be distressing for patients and family/whanau. There are two usual scenario’s in which seizures can occur: A manifestation of cerebral neoplasms (either primary or metastatic disease).