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Repetitive epileptic fits – a possible adverse effect after Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) in a post-stroke patient
  1. Palle Rosted, consultant acupuncturist & clinical lecturer
  1. Sheffield University, prosted{at}


    A case of repetitive epileptic fits in a post stroke patient after transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is presented. It seems more likely than not that the TENS triggered the repetitive fits in this patient. Although the risk of this adverse effect seems to be small, it should be borne in mind when TENS is used in a post-stroke patient. Since TENS is now used commonly in post-stroke patients, this problem is worthy of further study.

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