If you suffer from epilepsy, then it is better to seek medical help immediately because if left untreated, epilepsy can increase the risk of developing brain tumors.
A new study suggests that people with epilepsy are much more likely to be diagnosed with brain tumors. The researchers noted that epileptic seizures may indicate the present of a very early stage of brain tumor or tumor that has not been detected on brain scans.
This study was conducted by looked at the data on hospital admissions between 1963 and 2005 and subsequent diagnoses of or died from brain tumors among those patients. The results showed that people who had ever admitted to hospital due to epileptic seizures were almost 20 times more likely to develop a brain tumor than those admitted to the hospital for other reasons.
Even when the researchers considered the possibility that brain tumor might has been missed or not recorded in the first year after suffering from epilepsy, the risk was still 7.5 to 9 times higher in patients with epilepsy.
The study also found that people with epilepsy were 25 times more likely to develop a brain cancer and 10 times more likely to develop a benign tumor than other patients.
The greatest risk was in patients with epilepsy aged between 15 to 44 years, who were 24-38 times more likely to develop brain tumors than people at the same age without epilepsy.
According to the researchers, the risk of brain tumors went on for several years after initial epilepsy-related hospitalization – up to a more than six-fold higher risk for 14 years.
The research results were published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.