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6yr old, epilepsy, on life support following seizure. Now told encephalopathy. Is it possible to recover?

6yr old, epilepsy, on life support following seizure. Now told encephalopathy. Is it possible to recover?

Kids are resilient..: Without knowing any of the details, it is impossible to say. In general, children have an amazing capacity to recover from adverse events. The child's doctors can hopefully give some guidance as to what to expect, but sometimes all we can do is provide supportive care and hope that the child recovers. Time will tell. I hope she gets better soon. ...Read more

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. Epileptic seizures may occasionally result in loss of consciousness and confusion. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more


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I haven't suffered from an epileptic fit in nearly 9 and a half years. Does this mean I've been cured of epilepsy?

I haven't suffered from an epileptic fit in nearly 9 and a half years. Does this mean I've been cured of epilepsy?

Possibly: Some people with epilepsy may have no symptoms for years. It is hard to say if they are cured or not. If you are still taking medicine, you could not say you are cured. If your EEG is abnormal, you could not say you are cured. Even if you have a normal EEG and do not take medicine to prevent seizures, there is still a chance of recurrence. But the chance is much less in this case, typically. ...Read more

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What could have caused my seizure if I don't have epilepsy?

What could have caused my seizure if I don't have epilepsy?

Causes of a seizure: There are many things that can cause a seizure. Anything that irritates the surface of the brain for example may be a cause. Alcohol may be a cause. Medication side effects may be a cause. The cause of a single isolated seizure is sometimes not determined with the tests we have however. ...Read more

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Which epilepsy medication doesn't affect unborn children?

Which epilepsy medication doesn't affect unborn children?

None: All the antiepiletic drugs(aed) have a potential to cause birth defect(s). The risk can be minimized by monotherapy instead of multiple combination, lowest effective amount of aed, and Folic Acid supplementation. Valproate has the highest potential to cause birth defect and should be avoided. ...Read more

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Need to know if I can join the marines now that I don't have epilepsy anymore?

Need to know if I can join the marines now that I don't have epilepsy anymore?

Following is: disqualifying: "Epilepsy, beyond the age of 5 unless the applicant has been free of seizures for a period of 5 years while taking no medication for seizure control, and has a normal electroencephalogram (EEG). All such applicants will have a current neurology consultation with current EEG results. EEG may be requested by the reviewing authority." I don't know how waiverable this is. ...Read more

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Why go for a test in epilepsy? I refuse the meds. Am very careful of the triggers, and don't drive.

It depends : It depends on the test. An eeg would not make a difference in your case. If you have already been diagnosed and had a scan of the brain, then a scan would not be an issue. If you have new onset seizure (s), then a scan is typically done to exclude the small chance of a brain lesion such as a tumor or abnormal blood vessel. ...Read more

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What's going to happen if I take a 5mg lamotrigine tablet if I don't have epilepsy?

What's going to happen if I take a 5mg lamotrigine tablet if I don't have epilepsy?

Lamictal: Depending on your age and what other meds. Are taken, 5mg. Is low dose and most likely only slight sedation until wears off. ...Read more

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I have read about epilepsy and back pain but I don't the connecction between the two.?

I have read about epilepsy and back pain but I don't the connecction between the two.?

Epilepsy& back pain: Epilepsy by itself does not cause back pain, but if some one with epilepsy complains of back pain, we have to investigate that as there have been reports of spine fractures, which happenwhen patient gets the attack and can fall down or hit some other stucture or furniture and does not have any memory of that.Same goes for pain elsewhere. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Support Groups (Definition)

For information, resources, and support on specific diseases and conditions, see the links below. Additional local and national support groups can be found on the web, through local libraries, your health care provider, and the yellow pages ...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