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Seizures from infections?

AllThisIsNewToMeAllThisIsNewToMe Registered User Posts: 2,252 Senior Member
edited November 2012 in Parent Cafe
About 7 months ago, my 76-year-old Mother had an apparent seizure. My dad called an ambulance which rushed her to the ER. The diagnose...bladder infection. Her follow-up with her GP and a neurologist discovered nothing, but the antibiotic cured the infection. Several months later, my dad questions the GP about the anti-seizure meds and was told "they really don't KNOW if it was a seizure so they may not be necessary". So my dad quits filling that prescription and yesterday she had 2 more seizures (one in the ER so at least they KNOW it was a seizure now) and is AGAIN sent home with a diagnosis of "bladder infection".

Has anyone heard of this? Clearly she should stay on the anti-seizure meds, but this woman has been very healthy other than an ulcer and (several years back) Shingles.

I am 5 hours away, but she seemed to be doing better physically (she has awful short-term memory issues). My poor Dad is a bit overwhelmed!
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Replies to: Seizures from infections?

  • SteveMASteveMA Registered User Posts: 6,079 Senior Member
    Was she running a fever? High fevers can cause seizures. Bladder infections do cause really odd symptoms in a lot of people.
  • gouf78gouf78 Registered User Posts: 5,687 Senior Member
    As Steve said--high fever can cause seizure which coincides with the infection. The anti-seizure meds MAY not be necessary (hard to say) -- but they have their own set of side effects.
  • MarianMarian Registered User Posts: 12,525 Senior Member
    Suddenly discontinuing anti-seizure meds could also cause a seizure. Generally, if a physician decides that it's appropriate for a patient to discontinue these meds, the dose is tapered gradually.

    I wonder whether the two seizures your mother had could have been caused by discontinuing her medication too abruptly.
  • shyanneshyanne Registered User Posts: 875 Member
    My sister-in-law has had seizures from bladder infections.
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