Risk of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures increased after sexual assault trauma and stroke

New findings presented at AES 2020 suggest that sexual assault trauma and stroke are significantly associated with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES).

PNES are more common in women than men, and are characterized by paroxysmal episodes clinically similar to epileptic seizures but without the aberrant brain electrical signaling observed in epilepsy. They are thought to be primarily associated with psychological factors such as stress or distress.