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Acute symptomatic seizures
  1. Rob Powell1,
  2. Duncan James McLauchlan2
  1. 1Department of Neurology, Morriston Hospital, Swansea, UK
  2. 2Department of Neurology, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Rob Powell, Morriston Hospital, Department of Neurology, Heol Maes Eglwys, Swansea SA6 6NL, UK; robpowell{at}


Acute symptomatic seizures occur in close temporal proximity to a documented neurological or systemic insult. They are a common reason for seeking an emergency neurological opinion. We discuss their important causes, treatment and prognosis, discuss a practical approach to their clinical assessment and investigation, and offer thoughts on treatment.

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  • Competing interests DM has no competing interests. RP has received travel grants from UCB Pharma and Eisai.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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