Is there any connection between MS and epilepsy???
Epilepsy can occur in the setting of MS. The incidence is <5% (probably closer to 3%), and is likely a consequence of demyelinating damage from MS inflammation in the cortex (Particularly the temporal and frontal lobes). If this occurs, treatment is the same for focal epilepsy. It is also important to keep in mind that the MS symptomatic drug, Ampyra, can lower seizure threshold which leads to seizures in a rare minority of patients. If seizures occur on Ampyra, a patient should come off the medication and be monitored (as there may be no increased risk of further seizures once off).
A. Scott Nielsen MD MMSc
Neurologist and MS Specialist at Kaiser Permanente