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Epilepsy

Residual encephalomalacia

08/26/2008

Question:

After the soft brain tissue "began" what damage can seizures cause? Can they soften the tissue more? How much damage can be caused on a "simple" seizure & if the brain tissue continues to soften what will happen? Alzhiemers first or will the botton drop out rather quickly? Also, would a simple CT scan show any more damage to the soft tissue?

Answer:

Encephalomalacia is a term that means scar tissue in the brain. It results from some injury that damages the brain such as a stroke or head injury. The scar tissue may later cause seizures. Seizures do not cause or worsen encephalomalacia.

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Response by:

David M Ficker, MD David M Ficker, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati