CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Indian Journal of Neurotrauma 2021; 18(01): 95-96
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1718243
Letter to the Editor

Review of Literature on Post-traumatic Epilepsy in Extradural Hematoma Patients: A Case for Further Comprehensive Research

Adesh Shrivastava
1  Department of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Saket Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
2  Department of Neurosurgery, Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Luis Rafael Moscote-Salazar
3  Department of Neurosurgery, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria
4  Department of Neurosurgery, Universidad de Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia
Rajeev Ravish Keni
5  Department of Neurology, Narayana Medical College and Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
Manas Prakash
1  Department of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Saket Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Amit Agrawal
1  Department of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Saket Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
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The early and aggressive management of extradural hematomas (EDH) is a classical teaching during neurosurgery residency.[1] [2] [3] Posttraumatic seizures (PTS) after EDH share a significant percentage of causality, but apparently remain a less studied entity. The major literature analyzing EDH with PTS dates back to the late 20th century and there are only a couple of recent studies.[4] [5] [6] [7] Additionally, an often-debated issue is the role of prophylactic antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in patients suspected of having high chances of developing PTS.[8] [9] Uniform use of AEDs in all cases can lead to drug-related side effects and complications and in some cases unnecessary AED dependence.[9] [10]

An online search PubMed database was performed by using literature and using the search strategy “(((“extradural haematoma”[All Fields] OR “hematoma, epidural, cranial”[MeSH Terms] OR (“hematoma”[All Fields] AND “epidural”[All Fields] AND “cranial”[All Fields]) OR “cranial epidural hematoma”[All Fields] OR (“extradural”[All Fields] AND “hematoma”[All Fields]) OR “extradural hematoma”[All Fields]) AND (“epilepsy”[MeSH Terms] OR “epilepsy”[All Fields])) AND (“seizures”[MeSH Terms] OR “seizures”[All Fields])) AND (“anticonvulsants”[All Fields] OR “anticonvulsants”[MeSH Terms] OR “anticonvulsants”[All Fields])” on PTS after EDH returned only a handful of articles ([Fig. 1]).[4] [5] [7] Three studies were excluded as there was no clear categorization of intracranial hematomas,[11] diagnosis of extradural hematoma not clearly mentioned,[12] and no clear description of seizure groups.[13]

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Fig. 1 Prisma chart of the studies extracted using keyword-based PubMed search.

One of the early reports was by Bryan Jennett from the Institute of Neurological Sciences, Glasgow in 1975.[5] The peculiarity of this report was that the case series was of the pre-CT era and surgical interventions were based only on clinical findings. Among patients of seizures due to posttraumatic intracranial hematomas (excluding chronic subdural hematomas), EDH was reported as a cause of early seizures (within 1 week of head injury) in 10% (15/146) and late seizures in 22% (13/59) patients. Jennet also found out that only 2% of early PTS patients had an evolving EDH. The next significant report came in 1991 by Jamjoom et al from Bristol.[4] They categorized EDH patients with epilepsy in two subgroups, based on CT findings into those with exclusive EDH and those with other intradural traumatic insults.[4] Although they found the overall incidence of late epilepsy to be 6%, in the pure EDH group, it was only 2% as against 17% of those with additional intradural damage. Another data analysis from a multicentre North American TBI database of 795 patients from 1989 to 2000 was reported by Ritter et al in 2016.[7] Among the various findings, EDH was found to be the cause of early and late PTS in 14.5% and 16.9%, respectively. The most recent report on the incidence of PTS due to EDH came from the series of 484 TBI patients by Pormontree et al from Thailand in 2019.[6] The authors analyzed early PTS in TBI patients from April 2017 to March 2018. Twenty-seven patients (5.6%) had early PTS due to various intracranial insults. Among these, EDH was found to have an adjusted odds ratio of 3.98 on multivariate analysis (p value = 0.001).

PTS is a known complication of head injury.[6] [7] [10] [14] [15] [16] [17] Whether they occur in the early (within a week) or in late posttraumatic period, this sequela of brain injury can significantly deteriorate the quality of life and is considered an independent factor.[6] [7] [14] [15] [16] [17] All the contemporary studies on posttraumatic epilepsy (PTE) are in patients with intradural injuries.[10] [16] [18] Hence, considering the significant share of PTE attributed to EDH in the tune of 15 to 20%, there is an emergent need to undertake a well-formulated study to understand the exact correlation in the current advanced imaging era and then accordingly tailor the prophylactic antiepileptic treatment.

Publication History

Publication Date:
09 October 2020 (online)

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