Head injury as a risk factor for late-onset epilepsy

Takeaway

  • Head injury was associated with a significantly increased risk of late-onset epilepsy development; individuals who sustained a head injury when aged ≥67 years were more likely to develop late-onset epilepsy than younger patients.

Why this matters ?

  • Stroke and neurodegenerative disease have previously been identified as risk factors for late-onset epilepsy development, but the contribution of prior head injury is less well understood.

  • Further research into the mechanisms and characteristics of head injury in the older population may lead to the identification of potential strategies to modify this risk and prevent epilepsy development.