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What causes seizures in different age groups?

Seizures that occur early in life usually result from problems before birth. Many seizures in children are related to complex genetic causes or to infection. Head injury can cause seizures at any age but this is most likely in young adults. Brain tumours, strokes, and injury are important causes of seizures in adults. Cerebrovascular events – such as stroke – are a common cause of new seizures late in life.

Breakdown of common causes of seizure, by age

  • Newborns:
    • A lack of oxygen at birth
    • Low blood sugar, calcium, or magnesium, or problems with other electrolyte levels
    • Malformations of the brain
    • Metabolism dysfunction
    • Intracranial hemorrhage
    • Drug use by the newborn’s mother
  • Infants and Children:
    • Infection
    • Fever (febrile seizures)
    • Brain tumour (rare)
  • Children and Adults:
    • Genetic predisposition
    • Trauma to the head
    • Down’s syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, neurofibromatosis, Angelman syndrome, or other congenital conditions
    • Progressive brain disease (rare)
  • Seniors:
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Stroke
    • Trauma