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What is known as intractable epilepsy?

What is known as intractable epilepsy?

Untreatable: About 60% of seizures are controlled by one medication 20% with more than one med, 10% with surgery, but fewer than 10% do not respond to any measures they are termed intractable, with recent advances in surgery, vagal nerve stimulation, special diets etc this number is shrinking! ...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. 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 was told after an extended EEG that I have unspecified epilepsy without mention of intractable epilepsy, what does this mean?

I was told after an extended EEG that I have unspecified epilepsy without mention of intractable epilepsy, what does this mean?

Epilepsy: It just means that you have epilepsy, thhe specific type of which is currently not known or mentioned, and that there is no suggestion that it will be a type of epilepsy that will be impossible to treat. ...Read more

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Can the CBD oil currently available on Internet help control intractable epilepsy? How do you know what dose to use

Can the CBD oil currently available on Internet help control intractable epilepsy?  How do you know what dose to use

For Davet'sSyndrome: CBD Oil is one of the 85 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis.It is a major phytocnnabinoid accounts for 40% of plants extract.It has been used in US for Davet's Syndrome under the brand name Epidiolex Davet's Syndrome is a rare form of epilepsy which is difficult to treat and is also known as severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy is rare and intractable epilepsy and cbd oil may be good for ...Read more

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I have unspecified epilepsy without mention of intractable epilepsy and asked about it forgetting to mention they did see calcifacation in my brain..

I have unspecified epilepsy without mention of intractable epilepsy and asked about it forgetting to mention they did see calcifacation in my brain..

You may have answer: Brain calcification always has some causation, and these deposits may well be the nidus for your epilepsy. Since such areas could be due to metabolic disorder or prior parasite infestation, worthwhile to track down to make sure no further risks here. ...Read more

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I was told after a er visit that I have unspecified epilepsy without mention of intractable epilepsy what does this mean.? I'm also 7 months pregnant thank you for responding.

I was told after a er visit that I have unspecified epilepsy without mention of intractable epilepsy what does this mean.? I'm also 7 months pregnant thank you for responding.

See an Obstetrician: If you had a seizure during late pregnancy you most likely have preeclampsia which can be a serious complication. You need your blood pressure checked and urine protein measured. Don't mess around, see an obstetrician today! If you've never had a seizure before then it's likely this seizure is pregnancy related. If you cant find an OB, go back to ED and ask the doc to consult the OB on call. ...Read more

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When is epilepsy is considered "refractory"? Tried couple of meds that work 4 for a bit but then seizures & migraines again. Getting frustrated.

When is epilepsy is considered "refractory"? Tried couple of meds that work 4 for a bit but then seizures & migraines again. Getting frustrated.

FLEXIBLE DEFINITION: In fact, full control is the goal, but "refractory" could imply just a few seizures monthly. Whenever using epilepsy medication, need to dose to maximum level, if tolerated. Then add second medicine if first is inadequate. A third medication has only a 3-4% chance of controlling seizures, and if this develops, consider a Vagal Nerve Stimulator. We have well over 20 AEDs, and one may be best. ...Read more

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What is epilepsy?

What is epilepsy?

Risk for seizures: Epilepsy is a clinical condition of a risk for seizures. Most common is symptomatic epilepsy in which a scar focus or metabolic disorder or genetic condition is the cause. Many epilepsies are called ideopathic because no definite cause can be found. Detailed history, thorough neurological examination, eeg, brain imaging, and genetic and metabolic evaluations may be appropriate. ...Read more

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Epilepsy or syncope?

Epilepsy or syncope?

Common dilema: Whether an event is a seizure or syncope is a common question. You have had part of an evaluation for epilepsy. What needs to be done is see a cardiologist and have a tilt table study for syncope. ...Read more

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What causes epilepsy?

Brain hyperexcitable: The exact cause & mechanism may be unknown most of the time. Conditions such as cerebral infarct, brain tumor, increased intracranial pressure b/c of any reason, infection of the brain or meninges of brain, metabolic disturbances, eg. Hypoglycemia, electrolyte abnormalities, head injury causing concussion or coupe contrecoup brain injury, aneurysms or a/v malformation, benign increase in icp, etc. ...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


Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures are a clinical finding in which a person with a known seizure disorder (epilepsy) has a seizure (repeated, uncontrolled movement ...Read more