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How to cure epilepsy?

How to cure epilepsy?

Possible but unusual: Epilepsy seems best addressed if a surgical procedure deals with a focal temporal lobe lesion. Cortical lesions are much less responsive. Other than excision of affected lesion area, the more diffuse problems are not really curable and only hope is to control with meds or vagal nerve stimulators. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures. Per Mayo Clinic "Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of ...Read more


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How to clear epilepsy?

How to clear epilepsy?

Broad: This is a rather broad question. There are many ways to treat epilepsy and it can be quite complex to evaluate and treat the right way. Sometimes cures can be achieved as well if the assessment is individualized and done properly. Would be happy to provide a virtual consult and go over your particular case. ...Read more

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Is epilepsy hereditary?

Is epilepsy hereditary?

Epilepsy: Those who do develop epilepsy may be more likely to have a history of seizures in their family. This family history suggests that it is easier for them to develop epilepsy than for people with no genetic tendency. ...Read more

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What is cause of epilepsy?

Epilepsy: Epilepsy has no identifiable cause in about half of those with the condition. In about half the people with epilepsy, the condition may be traced to various factors, such as, genetic influence, head trauma, brain conditions, infectious disease, prenatal injury, and developmental disorders. ...Read more

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Epilepsy can be cured or not?

Epilepsy can be cured or not?

Treatment: Mostly yes: first identify the cause of seizures and then remove the cause; second, many non removable causes can successfully treated by antiepileptic medications, surgeries, diet, and vagus nerve stimulator. Few epilepsies are very resistant to treat non epileptic seizures must be ruled out. ...Read more

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What is the cause of epilepsy?

Many causes: Some unknown, usually attributed to some type of insult to the developing brain in childhood, like mom using drugs or alcohol during pregnancy, or a vascular insult during pregnancy , or trauma after birth through adulthood. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of epilepsy?

Seizures.: Epilepsy can cause seizures which are involuntary loss of muscle control, loss of attention, or just "blanking out". ...Read more

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I've got epilepsy: what causes it?

Brain pathology: Invariably, this is due to abnormal brain electrical-chemical functioning, and there may be localized abnormal brain tissue or more diffuse brain glutamate excitotoxicity. There is some hereditary susceptibility in many cases, and brain injuries and congenital lesions are often culprits. Any disorder causing brain damage can promote seizures. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is epilepsy?

What sort of disorder is epilepsy?

Unprovoked Seizures: Epilepsy is a constellation of disorders with a common definition: the tendency toward recurrent, unprovoked seizures. The term "epilepsy' applies to anyone who has had more than one unprovoked seizure. Seizures, however, can take on many forms; from staring off for a few seconds, to prolonged, violent convulsions. Epilepsy is simply a word that tells us a patient has recurrent seizures. ...Read more

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Is epilepsy considered a disability?

Is epilepsy considered a disability?

Depends: A disability is a condition that affects major life activities. If your seizures are under control, then there really isn't a disability (unless you were a commercial pilot!) If seizures aren't controlled, then, yes. ...Read more

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Are there any early warning signs of epilepsy?

For seizures: Some are at risk for epilepsy- major head trauma, stroke, brain infection, strong family history are risks. Some get warnings of seizure: funny smells, tastes, abnormal feelings in stomach, shaking of an arm or leg. These may be beginnings of seizures. ...Read more

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What different classifications of epilepsy are there?

What different classifications of epilepsy are there?

Classification of : the epilepsies is evolving with the advent of new technologies. Recent domain-specific classification by the International League Against Epilepsy, found on http://www.uptodate.com/contents/ilae-classification-of-seizures-and-epilepsy, includes mode of onset -generalized, partial or focal & unknown, underlying cause - genetic, structural or metabolic & unknown & level of diagnostic specificity. ...Read more

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How could a person get epilepsy and how is it passed on?

Depends: Certain types of epilepsy can run in families. However other types can occur without any previous family history. It would really depend on the type of seizures and what is causing the epilepsy. It would be best to discuss this with your neurologist. ...Read more

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What are the chances that I have epilepsy if my brother has it?

What are the chances that I have epilepsy if my brother has it?

Depends on cause: There are many reasons for epilepsy. Trauma, infection, tumors, metabolic and toxic causes all would carry no risk to you. Some familial forms may carry up to a 50% risk. If there is a underlying disorder that has a definite test, you could be tested to see if your have the same disorder. Even then it may not be that you would have the same symptoms. Better to assume you are fine. ...Read more

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Is epilepsy curable?

Is epilepsy curable?

No: Only for the most severe cases is a surgical cure attempted. Some children outgrow seizures. ...Read more

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Is epilepsy contagious?

Is epilepsy contagious?

No it's not.: God bless u! http://m.healthline.com/symptom/seizures. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/seizure-disorders.

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Why epilepsy not curable.

Treatable not curabl: At this time, epilepsy medications are aimed at control. The only cure occurs when surgery is able to remove an area that is the seizure focus. ...Read more

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Can epilepsy cause a coma?

Can epilepsy cause a coma?

Yes: Some type of epilepsy cause come, coma means absence of meaningful response to external stimuli like sound, pain etc. ...Read more

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What is petit mal epilepsy?

What is petit mal epilepsy?

Petit mal: Petit mal (Fr. 'little illness) or absence seizures are forms which are characterized by a brief alteration of consciousness, and usually not followed by the post-ictal phase (sleepiness). It can appear as if the person is 'staring into space' and can be quite subtle. ...Read more

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Is epilepsy ever contagious?

No: Epileptic seizures can occur with CNS infections that may be contagious. Epilepsy per se is not contagious. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more