Alcohol and Illicit Drug Abuse Associated with Epileptic Seizures
Patients sometimes present to the emergency department with seizures related to excessive alcohol use or illicit drug use. These seizures are usually acute symptomatic seizures resulting from substance withdrawal, direct toxic effects of the abused substance on the brain, or from indirect mechanisms, such as head trauma resulting from alcohol or substance abuse. This chapter reviews the mechanisms, clinical manifestations, and principles of management of alcohol-related seizures (ARS) and seizures related to drug abuse.
Alcohol Abuse and Dependence
Recurrent alcohol use resulting in failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home.
Recurrent alcohol use in situations in which it is physically...
KeywordsTraumatic Brain Injury Status Epilepticus Alcohol Withdrawal Electrolyte Disturbance Myoclonic Jerk
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