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- Acute seizures are a common complication following spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage (sICH).
- The incidence of post ICH seizures rate is estimated to be between 4%-16%.
- Current guidelines have limited recommendations due to the paucity of data.
- Seizures generally develop early in Spontaneous ICH.
- The association between the early seizure and late seizures/epilepsy remains unclear
Limited evidence-based recommendations
Patient Profile: Cortical Bleed esp young patient
ASM of Choice: Levitricetam initial dose 750 mg PO/IV BID
Defining Seizure in sICH
Early Seizures and Prognosis
- Early seizures are typically within seven days following sICH.
- Frequency and risk factors for early seizures are poorly understood.
Recurrent Early seizures
- An episode of more than one seizure within seven days of sICH.
- Seizure onset after seven days following sICH.
PITCH Trail and Early Seizures
- A prospective cohort study conducted by Herdt et al Prognosis of Intracerebral hemorrhage (PITCH trial) between Nov 2004- March 2009.
- The study recruited 562 adult patients with sICH.
- Patients with a previous history of seizures (n 40) were excluded from the study.
- The strongest factor associated with ES was the cortical involvement of ICH.
- Other factors associate with the onset of ES include younger age, previous ICH, the severity of neurological deficits at admission, and cortical involvement.
- However, ES does not influence the functional outcomes for the 6 months in patients following sICH.
- None of the patients received prophylactic treatment.
Prophylactic AED use
- Almost 40% of the patients received antiepileptic drugs following intracerebral hemorrhage.
- Prophylactic AED is not associated with any poor outcomes especially with the use of Levetiracetam.
- Treatment duration is non-specific (short-term to long-term)
Tools to determine seizures risks
- Early seizures prophylaxis is determined by using a risk stratification tool 2HELPS2B score.
- Late seizures risk is determined by using the CAVE score (cortical involvement, age <65 years, volume of blood more than 10 ml, and early seizures).
- These tools can help physicians in decision-making for seizure prophylaxis following sICH.
Seizures and Anti-seizure Drugs
Recommendations from AHA/ASA
- Seizures should be treated with antiseizure drugs (Class I; Level of Evidence A).
- Patients with a change in mental status who are found to have electrographic seizures on EEG should be treated with antiseizure drugs (Class I; Level of Evidence C).
- Continuous EEG monitoring is probably indicated in ICH patients with a depressed mental status that is out of proportion to the degree Clinical of brain injury (Class IIa; Level of Evidence C). (Revised from the previous guideline)
- Prophylactic anti-seizure medication is not recommended (Class III; Level of Evidence B). (Unchanged from the previous guideline)
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