Poststroke seizures

Arch Neurol. 2002 Feb;59(2):195-201. doi: 10.1001/archneur.59.2.195.


Stroke is the most common cause of seizures in the elderly, and seizures are among the most common neurologic sequelae of stroke. About 10% of all stroke patients experience seizures, from stroke onset until several years later. This review discusses current understanding of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, classification, clinical manifestations, diagnostic studies, differential diagnosis, and management issues of seizures associated with various cerebrovascular lesions, with a focus on anticonvulsant use in the elderly.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Electroencephalography
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Seizures / epidemiology
  • Seizures / etiology
  • Seizures / physiopathology*
  • Stroke / complications*


  • Anticonvulsants