Excess use of cellphones raises risk of seizures

Excess use of cellphones raises risk of seizures

NEW DELHI: Lack of awareness about mobile use or prolonged state of hysteria may aggravate seizures during a person with epilepsy. This was stated by doctors during a meet organised by the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) to mark the International Epilepsy Day (February 10) at its premises in Vasant Kunj.

Among the key speakers were Dr Manjari Tripathi, Professor of Neurology, AIIMS; Professor Satish Jain, Director, Indian Epilepsy Centre and Dr A K Sahani, Senior Consultant, Neurology, ISIC. The doctors collectively involved a comprehensive treatment regimen through the utilization of safer alternatives and improved understanding of epilepsy, especially among the caregivers to the patients.

“Talking over mobile phones for a brief time isn't detrimental to health of an individual with epilepsy. But talking for long periods increases the danger of seizures. it's better to use a handsfree device or the speaker of the phone,” said Dr Sahani, adding that risks are reduced if the epileptic person exercises during a gym.

“However, epileptic people must avoid treadmills and instead take frequent breaks and drink many fluids,” he added. Dr Sahani also stated that those that take international travel should take measures to avoid fatigue , sleep deprivation and anxiety as change in zone can trigger seizures.

Talking about the lesser-known aspects of the disease, Dr Tripathi said, “Not many know that epilepsy can cause death too. Patients may suffer from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) and die thanks to seizure or respiratory failure. Most of such patients are male.”

She informed that annually SUDEP kills about 1 in 1,000 people with epilepsy, who are otherwise healthy.

“It is that the leading explanation for death in people with uncontrolled seizures,” she remarked. A quiz and a nukkad natak were also organised during the event, both of which talked about myths surrounding epilepsy.

The key speakers

A meet was organised by the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) to mark the International Epilepsy Day (February 10) at its premises in Vasant Kunj. The key speakers at the meet were Dr Manjari Tripathi from AIIMS, Prof Satish Jain from Indian Epilepsy Centre and Dr AK Sahani from the ISIC.