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Incidence of epilepsy after head injuries.
Egypt (IFMSA-Egypt) - Suez Canal University, Suez Canal
Neuro-Surgery department, Suez Canal university hospital.
Prof. Nader Negm
Dr. Ahmed Bassim and Dr. Ahmed EL Sawaf
Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project with Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Epilepsy that develops after traumatic brain injury (TBI) has a number of features that make it particularly deserving of study. First, it is universally recognized as among the most common forms of acquired epilepsies, and patients with posttraumatic epilepsy are a regular part of the care provided by epilepsy specialists, as well as general neurologists and primary care physicians throughout the world. Second, posttraumatic epilepsy can be particularly difficult to treat, both medically and surgically, thereby increasing the burden of the illness on patients and family members. Third, the likelihood of developing epilepsy after severe TBI is as high as 40–50% in some settings. Therefore, patients with significant head injury would derive enormous benefit from antiepileptogenesis therapy, that is, treatment instituted after the TBI that would prevent the subsequent development of epilepsy. Finally, in recent years there have been a number of interesting and potentially important experimental studies of posttraumatic epilepsy using animal models. Given the relative lack of progress in this arena previously, the recent studies finally raise the possibility that a better understanding of the underlying pathogenesis of this important clinical problem may be closer at hand
What is the aim of the project?
The aim of the research is to document the incidence of the epilepsy in the patients after having head injuries and to establish the prevalence of these epileptic hits. The examination of the cases will include the clinical and radiological examination and the use of EEG in the lab. All these data will be collected and analyzed to estimate prevalence and document clinical findings.
What techniques and methods are used?
Clinical and radiological examination and the use of EEG to document the incidence of the epilepsy in the patients after having head injuries and to establish the prevalence of these epileptic hits.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Collecting medical history. Performing general and local examination. Aiding in performing radiological examination. Collecting the data about EEG and then contributing in giving results. Study and explain the basics of epilepsy and its causes.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Theoretical teaching about history, examination, clinical skills, interpreting lap results in form of lectures and clinical talks.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a scientific report
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Students who studied neuro-surgery. Further readings about the subject will be useful.
No legal limitations.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students - Graduated students (less than 6 months)
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