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Can Generalized epilepsy be cured?

Can Generalized epilepsy be cured?

Controlled: It is unlikely to be cured but there are multiple effective therapies that can control your symptoms. Your neurologist can help guide you through the best options for you personally. ...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 consciousness. " ...Read more


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Is Generalized epilepsy hereditary?

Is Generalized epilepsy hereditary?

Some: There are many varieties of generalized seizrues. Some like Petit mal and febrile seizures have a high rate of familial occurrence. Others do not. The EEG pattern helps define the type of seizure which can clarify the issue. ...Read more

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Is generalized epilepsy progressive?

Is generalized epilepsy progressive?

No: Epilepsy is either without known cause or related to an identifiable cause. Unknown cause may present in childhood, be easy to control, and be genetic in type. Identifiable cause is often partial type seizures and more difficult to control with association with serious medical disease. Primary generalized is usually unknown cause. Secondary generalized is usually identifiable with bad outcome. ...Read more

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Is primary generalized epilepsy the worst type?

Is primary generalized epilepsy the worst type?

Not necessarily.: Some primary generalized epilepsy syndromes are often quite easy to treat (JME for example). Some partial-onset epilepsies can be quite hard. It all depends upon the particulars. ...Read more

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I would like to know why there's no scan to diagnosis abnormalities in Generalized epilepsy?

I would like to know why there's no scan to diagnosis abnormalities in Generalized epilepsy?

No structural lesion: There is a lowering of the seizure threshold due to an abnormality of ion channels or receptors. Many seizures that manifest clinically as a generalized tonic clonic seizure have a focal onset that is so brief or subtle that it escapes clinical detection. The EEG may show the real problem. (Onset in a location with rapid spread of abnormal electrical activity to the rest of the brain.). ...Read more

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What is the only surgery cures Generalized epilepsy?

What is the only surgery cures Generalized epilepsy?

Surgery for epilepsy: A vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a treatment that has been approved by the FDA for "partial-onset epilepsy" but not for generalized epilepsy. Other surgeries can aim at cutting off the nerve pathways involved in the seizure or removing a part of the brain that is the souce of seizure activity. These treatment options depend on the individual and best decided in a discussion with your neurologist ...Read more

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What treatments are there for generalized epilepsy?

What treatments are there for generalized epilepsy?

Meds and diet: There are a handful of medications that work well for generalized seizures. These are generally started one at a time, but sometimes multiple meds are required to control seizures. There are also other therapies, including the ketogenic diet, which is a high fat, low carbohydrate and adequate protein diet. There are other dietary therapies such as the modified atkins diet. ...Read more

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Will a spect scan pick up Generalized epilepsy?

Might help: A 3-D SPECT scan is the poor man's equivalent of a PET, the former illustrating blood vessel flow patterns, and the latter, metabolic patterns. But we are dealing with anatomical variations secondary to a disorder, and with a paroxysmal process such as epilepsy, we are better off to use EEG monitoring to assess physiology. Can use ambulatory device over 24-48 hrs to seek conclusions. ...Read more

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Hi, Is focal generalized epilepsy different to petit mal.

Hi, Is focal generalized epilepsy different to petit mal.

It is different: Focal epilepsy (localization-related epilepsy) is due to focal brain pathology or part of genetic syndrome or unknown cause. Many types of focal epilepsy involving different parts of the brain. Onset in adolescent or adult. Petit mal (childhood absence epilepsy) happened mostly in school age children with frequent episodes of profound impairment of consciousness or subtle changes. Consult neurology ...Read more

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Is generalized epilepsy a progressive, degenerative disorder?

Is generalized epilepsy a progressive, degenerative disorder?

Not progressive: Epilepsy is the term we use for recurrent seizures which are not caused by tumor or degenerative brain diseases. Although epilepsy may begin at any age, it usually does not worsen or cause increasing problems over time. However, a prolonged seizure can do permanent harm, so it is important to work closely with a neurologist to keep seizures well-controlled on meds which aren't causing side effects. ...Read more

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What are the surgeries to remove the tissue in Generalized epilepsy?

What are the surgeries to remove the tissue in Generalized epilepsy?

Seizure surgery: There are a variety of surgeries to control seizures including vagal nerve stimulation. Surgery is not an option unless medications fail to effectively reduce or eliminate the seizures. The next step is noninvasive and possibly invasive monitoring to determine a surgical option. Each case is highly specific and should be discussed with the neurologist and neurosurgeon in a team approach. ...Read more

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My son has been diagnosed with primary generalized epilepsy would he qualify for ssi?

Maybe: Ssi is geared for persons with severe disabilties. Epilepsy can often be well controlled, and in that case would not qualify. Let's hope you don't qualify! ...Read more

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Hi I want to know does Generalized epilepsy cause hallucination or is it The medications I take?

Meds: Epilepsy does not cause hallucinations, especially between convulsant episodes. It's most likely a reaction to one of the anti-epileptic or other meds you take. Discuss with your doctor to see if any are know to be associate with such symptoms or if two of your drugs are interacting with each other. ...Read more

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Is láser ablation being tested on people with Generalized epilepsy?

Tested?: I'm not sure of your question really? Laser ablation which also goes by the name of the Visualase system here in the U.S. has been FDA approved to be used in treating generalized epilepsy for at least the past 4-5 years that I'm aware. Way beyond testing. It is successfully used in patients with good outcomes who are not responding to their medications well. Cheers! ...Read more

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Would láser ablation remove tissue in Generalized epilepsy or control it?

Laser ablation: Is not used for generalized epilepsy. It is used for partial epilepsy (focal onset) usually the right anterior temporal lobe. ...Read more

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Hi, I would like to know does absence generalized epilepsy causes psychosis.

Hi, I would like to know does absence generalized epilepsy causes psychosis.

Seizures are the...: Seizures are the result of abnormalities in the brain structure, imbalances in brain chemistry or electrical signals, etc... Seizures are not the cause of the brain problems, but rather the person's brain problems may be causing her seizures. That means true seizures and psychosis can both be due to some other brain problems, but true seizures and psychosis are not causing one another. ...Read more

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Is brain surgery successful for Generalized epilepsy?

Is brain surgery successful for Generalized epilepsy?

Yes it is: Though numbers are better when surgery is employed in focal epilepsies, generalized seizures are successfully treated using techniques such as implanted vagal stimulators and corpus callosum sections. It is even true that some cases of generalized epilepsy are recognized as focal after such surgeries are performed. In carefully chosen cases I believe outcomes are very good. ...Read more

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Taking Lamotrigine for Generalized epilepsy failed and the side effects making me ill is the surgery a alternative.

Epilepsy surgery: Surgery for epilepsy is worth considering for people who have failed two or more medicine treatments. It requires careful testing to ascertain if the source of the seizures is a single focus. Epilepsy surgery centers often will look after this. Perhaps the medicine lamotrigine did not help you, but another regimen would? ...Read more

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I am looking for more information related to hippocampus malformation, dva, and generalized epilepsy in children and how all can affect the child.

I am looking for more information related to hippocampus malformation, dva, and generalized epilepsy in children and how all can affect the child.

Complex; Descriptive: Like most diagnoses, hippocampus malformation, developmental venous abnormality = catch all labels for variations in anatomy, ; epilepsy for a behavior. I commend your working on learning. Epilepsy is never good, strongly correlates with ↑ed life problems, ↓er performance short;long term, thus support ; confront all issues you can find, including psychogenic ; seek a neurologist worthy your trust. ...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. 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