How to diagnose and treat post-stroke seizures and epilepsy.

  title={How to diagnose and treat post-stroke seizures and epilepsy.},
  author={Johan Zelano and Martin Holtkamp and Nivedita Agarwal and Simona Lattanzi and Eugen Trinka and Francesco Brigo},
  journal={Epileptic disorders : international epilepsy journal with videotape},
  volume={22 3},
Stroke is one of the commonest causes of seizures and epilepsy, mainly among the elderly and adults. This seminar paper aims to provide an updated overview of post-stroke seizures and post-stroke epilepsy (PSE) and offers clinical guidance to anyone involved in the treatment of patients with seizures and stroke. The distinction between acute symptomatic seizures occurring within seven days from stroke (early seizures) and unprovoked seizures occurring afterwards (late seizures) is crucial… 

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