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|Title||Seizure exacerbation in two patients with focal epilepsy following marijuana cessation.|
|Author(s)||Hegde M, Santos-Sanchez C, Hess CP, Kabir AA, Garcia PA.|
|Journal, Volume, Issue||Epilepsy Behav 2012;25(4):563-6.|
|Major outcome(s)||Patients with epilepsy were able to control their seizures by the use of cannabis.|
While animal models of epilepsy suggest that exogenous cannabinoids may have anticonvulsant properties, scant evidence exists for these compounds' efficacy in humans. Here, we report on two patients whose focal epilepsy was nearly controlled through regular outpatient marijuana use. Both stopped marijuana upon admission to our epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) and developed a dramatic increase in seizure frequency documented by video-EEG telemetry. These seizures occurred in the absence of other provocative procedures, including changes to anticonvulsant medications. We review these cases and discuss mechanisms for the potentially anticonvulsant properties of cannabis, based on a review of the literature.
|Participants||Two patients with epilepsy|
|Design||Uncontrolled case report|
|Type of publication||Medical journal|
|Address of author(s)||Epilepsy Center, Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143-0138, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org|