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temporal lobe epilepsy, lumbar fusion

Toshiyuki Takahashi, Teiji Tominaga, Hiroshi Shamoto, Hiroaki Shimizu, Takashi Yoshimoto
BACKGROUND: Vertebral fracture caused solely by a convulsive seizure has rarely been reported in the neurosurgical literature. CASE DESCRIPTION: We describe a 34-year-old male with severe back pain from a thoracic fracture occurring in association with a seizure during hospitalization for treatment of temporal lobe epilepsy. Bone mineral densities in the lumbar spine and the femoral neck were decreased, possibly by long-term anti-epileptic medication. Muscle contractions during a seizure can result in vertebral fractures, especially at the thoracic levels...
September 2002: Surgical Neurology
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