Alarming rise in epilepsy due to brain infections

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Amritsar, Nov 17 (UNI) An alarming rise is being seen in cases related to epilepsy and most of these cases are due to brain infection caused by uncooked food, faulty lifestyles and accidents.

These revelations were a part of the free camp held on the occasion of observance of World Epilepsy Day at Escorts Heart and Super Specialty Institute, here today.

Heading the camp a team of two brain specialists, Nuero-surgeon Dr Raj Kamal and Neurologist Dr Sachin Mishra of the hospital, said that about 30 percent of the patients that attended the camp today were suffering from fits due to central nervous system (CNS) infection and were in their 20s while others suffered fits due to brain tumour or head injury caused by trauma due to accidents. Among these patients 50 percent were women.

The doctors also said that in accident cases where patients were suffering from brain injury and fits, almost all were in the age group of 20 to 40 years.

Allaying the fears of many suffering from fits of epilepsy Dr Raj Kamal said that in 80 per cent of cases medication can improve matters. Dr Sachin said in 20 to 25 cases surgical intervention may be required. India is reporting 6 to 8 cases of epilepsy in every 1000 persons and the figure is rising, Dr kamal said.

He said that dogmas and superstitions among relatives and friends of patient often spoil matters with many taking the fit to be "divine intervention".

Cautioning against prevalent practices, he said that in many cases giving water could prove fatal while smelling footwear is no cure, instead the patient could be rested on his side so that easy flow of air is maintained and a non abrasive item could be inserted in mouth to prevent biting of tongue in patients.

About the most widespread causes Dr Sachin said that injuryduring birth, malformed brain in newborns could cause epilepsy in children while in the elderly the fits could be caused due to brain strokes, tumours or trauma due to accidents.

UNI

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