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Old 12-20-2002, 06:49 AM   #1
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Question Brain damage and seizures?

Hello. I just was told by my mother that I had status seizures and febrile seizures as a toddler and child. I was deprived of oxygen and had damage to my language center and other parts of my brain. I had another seizure and lost oxygen at about 17 years old. I know that some things aren't the same now as far as comprehension, sequential order and the way my tongue reacts sometimes in relation to words. Also, whenever I see certain numbers on television or something, I know what the number is, but when I hear my voice (as in reading), it puts out the number as "thirty-thee," instead of "thirty-three." How often does this type of brain damage (which wouldn't necessarily show up on MRI, right?) cause seizures later in life? I also have episodes where my speech is severely slurred or I can't put out anything but gibberish (mostly after a partial seizure). I read one study found that children who have extended febrile seizures are more likely than the general population to develop seizures at about my age -- 26. Any help you can provide would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 12-22-2002, 05:07 PM   #2
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sekharp, Although I have no definitive answers I can tell you that when my son had a one hour episode of status epilepticus at the age of 8 my first concern was brain damage. My research calmed my fears. Most recent information suggests that even prolonged seizures rarely damage the brain but rather, it is the cause of the seizure, eg. meningitis, low blood sugar, head trauma, metobolic disturbances, etc. which is the real cause of permanent damage. I have read that permenant brain damage from seizures, especially in children, has not ever been proven clinically. Have you had a closed MRI versus an open one? The closed shows more detail and may possibly indicate abnormalities that may cause performance difficulties (depending on which side of the brain) as well as seizures. There are other types of tests available as well that may provide the answers you seek. -kp2002

 
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