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Can a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) cause seizures?

Seizures may occur in approximately 5% of people who experience mild traumatic brain injury, and the time of onset may increase the risk of long-term epilepsy. Seizures are classified as early onset seizures occurring within one week since the injury versus late onset, after one week. In mild to moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI), people with early seizures have a higher risk of developing epilepsy. Overall 2% of people who suffer from a traumatic brain injury develop epilepsy, and it remains the leading cause for epilepsy in age groups 15-24.

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