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J Acupunct Res > Volume 38(1); 2021 > Article
Published online February 22, 2021.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13045/jar.2020.00472   
Seizure after Subdural Hematoma Treated with Combination Western-Korean Medicine
Jae Eun Jeong1  , You Jung Lee1  , Yeon Ah Choi1  , Jang Mi Park2  , Seung Min Lee2  , Na Young Jo1  , Eun Yong Lee2  , Cham Kyul Lee2  , Jeong Du Roh1 
1Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Medicine, Jecheon Hospital of Korean Medicine, Semyung University, Jecheon, Korea
2Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Medicine, Chungju Hospital of Korean Medicine, Semyung University, Chungju, Korea
*Corresponding author.
Jeong Du Roh
Email: wsrohmio@hanmail.net
Received: December 3, 2020   Revised: January 14, 2021   Accepted: January 18, 2021
Abstract
Combined Western-Korean medicine treatments were given to a 67-year-old woman with late onset seizures who underwent surgical drainage of a subdural hematoma. Clonazepam and herbal medicine was prescribed. Acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, chuna, and physical therapy were also performed. The frequency and intensity of seizures was assessed using the Chalfont Seizure Severity Scale. The seizure index score improved from 25 at admission to 0 at discharge. Pain in the right upper extremity reduced from 10 to 0 on the visual analogue scale and muscle strength increased from Grade 3 to 5 in Medical Research Council Scale for the Manual Muscle Test. At the time of hospitalization, the manual muscle strength tests for the affected shoulder, elbow, wrist, and grip strength were 30%, 60%, 10%, 5%, respectively, which improved almost 100% by discharge. Further studies using combined Western-Korean medicine for seizures after strokes are necessary to determine the most effective treatment.
Keywords: Korean medicine, late seizure, post-stroke seizure, subdural hematoma


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