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Do Auras Prevent Motor Vehicle Accidents in Patients With Epilepsy?

A case-control study of patients who had seizures while driving


 

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Researchers identified 215 cases in the Multicenter Study of Epilepsy Surgery database who reported having seizure(s) while driving—141 were involved in a motor vehicle accident (MVA), 74 were not. There was no difference in the presence and length of auras between the 2 groups. The results question auras as a protective role against MVAs in patients with epilepsy.

Punia V, Farooque P, Chen W, Hirsch LJ, Berg A, Blumenfeld H; the Multicenter Study of Epilepsy Surgery. Epileptic auras and their role in driving safety in people with epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2015; doi:10.1111/epi.13189.

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