What are the common morbidities of epileptic seizures?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Regarding morbidity, trauma is not uncommon among people with generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Injuries such as ecchymosis; hematomas; abrasions; tongue, facial, and limb lacerations; and even shoulder dislocation can develop as a result of the repeated tonic-clonic movements. Atonic seizures are also frequently associated with facial injuries, as well as injuries to the neck. Worldwide, burns are the most common serious injury associated with epileptic seizures.


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