Seizure and Metabolic Syndrome

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Seizure and Metabolic Syndrome

Postby gonzalezm99 » Fri Jan 04, 2008 10:54 pm

On Dec. 31 I had a seizure. I fell backwards from my own height and hit the ground with my head, producing 3 1in. cuts in the back of my head which bled profusely. While in the ground, I continued seizing, injuring my shoulder and biting my tongue. I did not loose control of my sphincters. In the hospital, I had a brain MRI, a brain CAT scan and a Speck with contrast. I had never had a seizure before. I am 35 years old. I was told by the neurologist that my seizure was due to metabolic syndrome and my history of past drug use. Is this possible?

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Re: Seizure and Metabolic Syndrome

Postby Dr. Chan Lowe » Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:52 pm

Hello Gonzalezm99,

When one refers to metabolic syndrome they are generally referring to a syndrome of insulin resistance, increased abdominal obesity, and often elevated blood pressures along with several other characteristic findings. This syndrome is generally not associated with seizures.

If, by chance, your neurologist was referring to a different metabolic disorder, there are several metabolic disorders that can present with seizures. I am not familiar with a metabolic disorder that would present at age 35 but this is not my area of expertise.

I would recommend you continue to follow up with your doctor to figure this out.

Best wishes.
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Re: Seizure and Metabolic Syndrome

Postby Dr. Chan Lowe » Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:54 pm

I should add that when an adult has a new seizure, one must consider a brain tumor. The MRI and Spect scans are very good at looking for these so this is much less likely to be the cause.

Best wishes.
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