2013.01.28 Press Release

Increase in the number of patients with seizure in post-Great East-Japan Earthquake

It is well known that natural disasters negatively affect mental and physical health of survivors. Members from Kesennuma City Hospital and Tohoku University conducted a study to investigate changes in the number of emergent neurological cases before and after the Great-East Japan Earthquake. Kesunnuma City Hospital with a neurosurgeon on duty has played a central role to treat neurologically emergent cases around this area for years. In addition, due to the disaster, the city was geographically isolated; we could conduct a study with limited population bias. Eight-week period after March 11 in 2011 (the day of the earthquake), the frequency of patients with seizure among all neurological diseases reached 20%, whereas in the corresponding eight-week periods in 2008 to 2011 it was only 11%, 5%, and 0%, respectively. This study shows for the first time the life-threatening situations may increase seizure generation.

The study has been published in the online edition of "Epilepsia". The paper's title is "Increase in the number of patients with seizures following the Great East-Japan Earthquake."

(About the research)
Dr. Ichiyo Shibahara
Department of Neurosurgery, Kesennuma City Hospital
(Currently working at Department of Neurosurgery, Sendai Medical Center)
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(Public Relations)
Associate Professor Fuji Nagami
Public Relations Office of Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
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