Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 69, Issue 3–4, pp 253–258

The effectiveness of prophylactic anticonvulsants following neurosurgery

  • M. D. M. Shaw
  • P. Foy
  • D. Chadwick
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01401812

Cite this article as:
Shaw, M.D.M., Foy, P. & Chadwick, D. Acta neurochir (1983) 69: 253. doi:10.1007/BF01401812

Summary

One hundred and two patients who underwent supratentorial procedures for neurosurgical conditions, which are known to carry a high incidence of postoperative seizures, have been given prophylactic anticonvulsant medication. This preliminary analysis has failed to demonstrate any dramatic effect on the postoperative incidence of seizures in the first six months as the result of this policy. There has been a high incidence of serious side effects, but compliance has not been a major problem. This long-term study is continuing, though with a modified protocol.

Keywords

Neurosurgery epilepsy anticonvulsants 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. D. M. Shaw
    • 1
  • P. Foy
    • 1
  • D. Chadwick
    • 1
  1. 1.Mersey Regional Department of Medical and Surgical NeurologyWalton HospitalLiverpool

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