Brain tumors and critical care seizures

Panayiotis N. Varelas, Jose Suarez, Marianna V. Spanaki

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Abstract

Seizures are a common presentation of brain neoplasms. Both primary brain tumors and metastases can present with seizures, which are more commonly focal, but frequently generalize depending on the location and the pathology of the lesion. In general, more benign tumors have a higher incidence of seizures than more malignant ones. These patients are admitted to an ICU either for preoperative monitoring or in the postoperative period. They should be treated with antiepileptics only if clinical seizures are noted or subclinical seizures detected by EEG. The question remains if patients should be prophylactically treated with antiepileptic medications, if seizures have not occurred yet in the pre- and postoperative period and for how long. More recent data and guidelines do not support such prophylactic administration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCurrent Clinical Neurology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Pages211-226
Number of pages16
Edition9783319495552
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCurrent Clinical Neurology
Number9783319495552
ISSN (Print)1559-0585

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Critical Care
Brain Neoplasms
Seizures
Postoperative Period
Anticonvulsants
Preoperative Period
Partial Epilepsy
Electroencephalography
Guidelines
Pathology
Neoplasm Metastasis
Incidence
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • Brain tumor
  • Dysembryoplastic neuroectodermal tumors
  • Ganglioglioma
  • Glioblastoma multiforme
  • Meningioma
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Seizures
  • Valproic acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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Varelas, P. N., Suarez, J., & Spanaki, M. V. (2017). Brain tumors and critical care seizures. In Current Clinical Neurology (9783319495552 ed., pp. 211-226). (Current Clinical Neurology; No. 9783319495552). Humana Press Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49557-6_12

Brain tumors and critical care seizures. / Varelas, Panayiotis N.; Suarez, Jose; Spanaki, Marianna V.

Current Clinical Neurology. 9783319495552. ed. Humana Press Inc., 2017. p. 211-226 (Current Clinical Neurology; No. 9783319495552).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Varelas, PN, Suarez, J & Spanaki, MV 2017, Brain tumors and critical care seizures. in Current Clinical Neurology. 9783319495552 edn, Current Clinical Neurology, no. 9783319495552, Humana Press Inc., pp. 211-226. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49557-6_12
Varelas PN, Suarez J, Spanaki MV. Brain tumors and critical care seizures. In Current Clinical Neurology. 9783319495552 ed. Humana Press Inc. 2017. p. 211-226. (Current Clinical Neurology; 9783319495552). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49557-6_12
Varelas, Panayiotis N. ; Suarez, Jose ; Spanaki, Marianna V. / Brain tumors and critical care seizures. Current Clinical Neurology. 9783319495552. ed. Humana Press Inc., 2017. pp. 211-226 (Current Clinical Neurology; 9783319495552).
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