Several months after Covid infection, you may experience convulsions and epileptic seizures. This is the worrying finding of a scientific team from Oxford. We take stock.
Increased risk of epileptic seizures
A team from Oxford, England, established a link between Covid infection and an increased risk of convulsions and epileptic seizures. The results of their research have been published since November 16, 2022 in the journal Neurology. It is the journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
The risk mainly concerns children.
The researchers of theoxford university studied the health records more than 150,000 people infected with influenza and Covid. None of the patients had suffered from epilepsy or seizures. the risk of epilepsy is “more noticeable in children than in adults”, also notes the team of Professor Arjune Sen who conducted this study.
Alert pediatricians and family doctors
This risk of seizures and epilepsy at the children encourages scientists to ask “the health professionals to grant a particular attention» to children who have partial epileptic seizures within three months of a Covid-19 infection.
Low overall risk
Fortunately, the risk of seizures and epilepsy is rare. According to the authors of the study, it is of the order of less than 1% of all people who tested positive.