Mihancea P.,Hopital Clinique de Neurologie et Psychiatrie |
Varga S.S.,University Aicuza
Archives of the Balkan Medical Union | Year: 2012
Introduction: The term of alcoholic epilepsy refers to seizures occurring only to chronic alcoholics, as general or partial seizures after a long period of consumption, in the prodromal phase of delirium tremens or flashes of acute intoxication. Aims: Determining the share of alcoholic epilepsy in patients diagnosed with chronic alcoholism and the evolution of the seizures. Material and methods: The study group was represented by 329 patients diagnosed with chronic alcoholism, data being obtained from their clinical charts during the period 1999-2011. Results: In the studied group, 72% presented seizures triggered or favoured by alcohol consumption, occurred within the context of withdrawal or of acute intoxication, 34% of them being inaugural. Primary epilepsy in a chronic alcoholic occurred in a percent of 16%, comparable to the types of seizures occurred after craniocerebral traumas caused by acute alcohol intoxication. The evolution of seizures lead to the reapparition of the petit mal epileptic conditions in 79% of cases, caused by alcohol acute intoxication in 49% of the total. Conclusions: Contrary to most literature data, the group of patients analysed in the present study showed an increased percent of seizures occurred within the context of acute intoxication. Copyright © 2012 Celsius.