How does an interictal spike transition to an epileptic seizure?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Several factors may be associated with the transition from an interictal spike to an epileptic seizure. The spike has to recruit more neural tissue to become a seizure. When any of the mechanisms that underlie an acute seizure becomes a permanent alteration, the person presumably develops a propensity for recurrent seizures (ie, epilepsy).


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