UW Researchers Demonstrate Mild Brain Cooling After Head Injury Prevents Epileptic Seizures in Lab Study

[Excerpted from UW Today]

According to an animal study reported this month in the Annals of Neurology, mild cooling of the brain after a head injury prevents the later development of epileptic seizures.

“These findings demonstrate for the first time that prevention of epileptic seizures after traumatic brain brain injury is possible, and that epilepsy prophylaxis in patients could be achieved more easily than previously thought,” said the lead author of the study, Raimondo D’Ambrosio, UW associate professor of neurological surgery. He added that a clinical trial is required to verify the findings in head injury patients.

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