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Uk pediatric neurology (seizures)?

Uk pediatric neurology (seizures)?

University: Seek out a university specialist. Could be difficult due to their medical system to get an appointment. Good luck! ...Read more

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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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Do neurologists treat dissociative disorders?

Do neurologists treat dissociative disorders?

Not alone: Neurologists may treat some people who also have dissociative disorders, but would not be doing this by themselves unless they also have full training in psychiatry. A typical scenario might be a patient who has both a seizure disorder and dissociative disorder -- needs care from both psychiatry and neurology working together. Such a person will also need psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Can chiropractic neurologists treat psychotic disorders?

Can chiropractic neurologists treat psychotic disorders?

Definition: A neurologist is an expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders, requiring the graduation from an accredited medical school, and at least 4 post graduate years of training in diseases of the nervous system. Neurologists have some training in psychiatry, but for psychosis, it is best to have a psychiatrist involved. ...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 monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?

Is monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?

No: Juvenile moloclonal epilepsy is a generalized epilepsy, which occurs in the age group from 12-16yo. Grand mal seizures are usually generalized type of seizures and has two phases. In the tonic phase, loss of conciousness occurs and muscle contraction causes the person to fall down. The clonic phase is the rhythmic contraction of muscles, alternating b/w flexion and relaxation. Thanks. ...Read more

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Are cerebral palsy and epilepsy related?

Are cerebral palsy and epilepsy related?

Yes: Epilepsy refers to a seizure disorder. Children with CP have a static brain injury. This can result in some cases in abnormal bursts of activity (seizures). Not every child w CP has seizures but certainly more than the general population. ...Read more

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Psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, social workers--who is cheapest for neuropsych eval?

Psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, social workers--who is cheapest for neuropsych eval?

Neuro psycologist: Neuro psychological evaluation is performed by psychologist who get special training in neuropsychology. It is not cheap as it is time consuming and involves several more tests than regular psycological evaluation. ...Read more

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Do grand mal seizures cause brain damage in children?

Do grand mal seizures cause brain damage in children?

Seizure: A seizure may already be due to an underlying brain condition. On the other hand uncontrolled seizure can cause brain damage as well. ...Read more

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What are seizure disorders besides epilepsy?

Many causes: There are many causes of seizures including, abnormalities of metabolism such as excessively low blood sugar, alcohol poisoning and drug intoxication, low oxygen to the brain during breathing problems, acute trauma to the head and brain, infections. these are not considered epilepsy. Epilepsy is defined as seizures coming directly from the brain without any of the above mentioned causes. ...Read more

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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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What are tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures?

What are tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures?

Whole lotta shaking: As jerry lee lewis says. Grand mal seizures are the kind of seizure that most people think of: people pass out, and their muscles contract violently. It usually lasts less than 5 minutes. Sometimes people have only 1 seizure & never have it again. Sometimes people have more than 1 seizure & need to take medicine to prevent them. ...Read more

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Does temporal lobe epilepsy cause dyscalucia .

Does temporal lobe epilepsy cause dyscalucia .

Coexisting: There may be coexisting problems of Temporal Lobe epilepsy and dyscalculia. Unlikely to be a cause and effect relationship ...Read more

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Are myclonic jerks actually seizures?

Are myclonic jerks actually seizures?

Myoclonic jerks: There is a type of seizure called myoclonic, or myoclonic jerks. These are a feature of myoclonic epilepsy. These feel like a brief episode of shaking. They may occur in the morning time more often than other times. Sleep deprivation may make them more noticeable. ...Read more

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Frontal lobe epilepsy deja vu?

Frontal lobe epilepsy deja vu?

Distorted memory: Deja vu is a false feeling of familiarity. It occurs when one feels that a situation or location is familiar even though it hasn't been previously experienced. It can be thought of as a brief malfunction of the memory system where the timing of the event gets assigned as if it occurred in the past making it seem like an old memory. It occurs more commonly in temporal lobe epilepsy. ...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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Will temporal lope epilepsy cause hypersexuality?

Will temporal lope epilepsy cause hypersexuality?

No.: There is no association between these conditions. One is neither the cause nor associated with the other. A distinct injury to the temporal lobe could conceivably result in both conditions, this would be very unlikely however. ...Read more

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Tonic-clonic seizure and epileptic seizure: are they the same thing?

Subset....: Tonic-clonic seizures are one type of epileptic seizure...Amongst many different types of seizures. ...Read more

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Do people with temporal lobe epilepsy have Alzheimer's later?

Do people with temporal lobe epilepsy have Alzheimer's later?

Great question: Boston is a great town to keep track of this. This is a very sophisticated question. There are rare cases of "tle" in which an autoimmune encephalitis seems to be causitive. Some cases of autoimmune encephalitis are not monophasic, and can recur, with cumulative neuronal injury. It is possible but yet unknown if alzheimer-type pathology (amyloid plaques) would be accelerated in such cases. ...Read more

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Need some advice. I'm confused after seeing neurologist for epilepsy?

Epilepsy: If you didn't get the help you need, then you can try again with the same neurologist or get a second opinion. If the second one says the same thing as the first, then you should stick with whichever one you feel more comfortable with. ...Read more

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Doctor sending me to neurologist for epilepsy. I want to find out about severe, debilitating headaches. What should I do?

Headaches: I would take your md's recommendation. The same neurologist evaluating and treating epilepsy will be able to handle your headaches as well. ...Read more

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My friend has epilepsy problem, she consulted many neurologists one of them suggested two tablets-torleva XR 500 and oxetol XR 300.Is it right one?

My friend has epilepsy problem, she consulted many neurologists one of them suggested two tablets-torleva XR 500 and oxetol XR 300.Is it right one?

Depends.: Initial choice of seizure meds depends on the type of seizure - generalized vs partial, tonic-clonic vs absence, etc. If the first choice medication does not work, adding others or replacing the first med are all possible, but ultimately it's going to be trial and error. ...Read more

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Are family practice doctors trained to manage epilepsy or do I need a neurologist?

Could be an issue: Would certainly recommend a neurologist to diagnose, and characterize the seizure type, and qualify the variety of potential triggers. Once a successful medicine has been chosen, and the patient is fully controlled, the family doctor could easily manage medications, and the patient would only have neurology followup if problems with meds or more spells. ...Read more

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Help! I have epilepsy absence 30 a day as it's been recorded on a e.E.G but my new neurologist thinks it's non epileptic should I change neurologist?

Help! I have epilepsy absence 30 a day as it's been recorded on a e.E.G  but my new neurologist thinks it's non epileptic should I change neurologist?

If you like: If you are not sure about your diagnosis, yes, seek a second opinion from another neurologist. Psychiatrists are also consulted for non-epileptic seizures. ...Read more

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Why would I be told to get an endocrinologist for epilepsy instead of a neurologist?

Why would I be told to get an endocrinologist for epilepsy instead of a neurologist?

Good question: I suspect you had some abnormal labs.....Maybe thyroid function, glucose levels or calcium. Your doctor should go over this with you. ...Read more

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My meds for epilepsy still not responding to my seizures can a neurologist refused surgery?

Second opinion: Get a second opinion about your medications. There are some forms of epilepsy that are not amenable to surgery so it is possible that the neurologist would not recommend surgery. ...Read more

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How do neurologists tell the difference between benign fasciculations and something more serious like Epilepsy, neuropathy, etc?

Emg/ncs: detailed neuromuscular exam, thorough clinical hx by a neurologist and emg/ncs done by a fellowship trained neurologist is all you need to tell which is being and which is serious ...Read more

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I've never had seizures until almost a week after being involved in a car accident at work. My neurologist stated it didn't qualify as epilepsy?

I've never had seizures until almost a week after being involved in a car accident at work. My neurologist stated it didn't qualify as epilepsy?

Epilepsy definition: The definition of epilepsy is two or more unprovoked seizures. When an injury causes a seizure, sometimes the tendency for a seizure resolves after the injury heals. A car accident may have caused a head injury, and seizures that follow would not necessarily qualify as epilepsy. So it's a question of the cause. The treatment is normally the same though. ...Read more

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My son is suffering from epilepsy. How long does it take to cure. At present he is under treatment of neurologist and taking oral drug oxatol 450 bd?

?Cure?: True epilepsy can be a lifelong problem. Some seizure disorders in childhood will disappear as the nervous system matures and be gone by adulthood. The specific pattern for your sons illness is best determined by the treating physicians. Your questions are good ones & best answered by those who know your son well. ...Read more

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Found out today that I have "parietal lobe epilepsy"..But my neurologist wasn't really clear on what it means & how to treat it long term--any advice?

Found out today that I have "parietal lobe epilepsy"..But my neurologist wasn't really clear on what it means & how to treat it long term--any advice?

AES: I'd suggest spending some time on the american epilepsy society's website. If you can't get the info you want there then bring a list of questions in for your next appointment. ...Read more

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On keppra (levetiracetam) and tegretol for epilepsy, diagnosed with hypothyroidism, neurologist doesn't suggest stopping tegretol, but i can't function. What to do?

On keppra (levetiracetam) and tegretol for epilepsy, diagnosed with hypothyroidism, neurologist doesn't suggest stopping tegretol, but i can't function. What to do?

Depends: The tegretol may be controlling your seizures. It would be disappointing to stop it and then have seizures again. It is a great medicine, but yes, can certainly have side effects. I am betting that if it works well for a while, your neurologist may be willing to switch to oxcarbazepine. Follow up with neurologist, let them know your concern. ...Read more

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Can a seizure be caused by trauma from a job related car accident, it's not epilepsy as stated by my neurologist. I've never had seizures before.

Can a seizure be caused by trauma from a job related car accident, it's not epilepsy as stated by my neurologist. I've never had seizures before.

U must ask this of..: ...Ur provider. Remember when someone has their 1st seizure, they also never had a seizure B 4 either. U need 2 talk 2 Ur neurologist, & if they R related. ...Read more

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My neurologist did an MRI thinking my symptoms were from my temperal lobe epilepsy. The MRI showed atrophy of the brain. Now having neuro testing. ?

My neurologist did an MRI thinking my symptoms were from my temperal lobe epilepsy. The MRI showed atrophy of the brain. Now having neuro testing.
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Sounds right: The MRI will show if there is a structural cause for your symptoms. However, not all people with epilepsy have something structurally wrong with their brains. Instead, there is an electrical problem. Your doctor will probably perform and eeg to evaluate the electrical signals traveling through your brain. ...Read more

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28 what make my GP suspect either narcolepsy or a seizure disorder and refer me to a neurologist? Never had seizures unless they happen while asleep??

28 what make my GP suspect either narcolepsy or a seizure disorder and refer me to a neurologist? Never had seizures unless they happen while asleep??

Plesse repost: Please repost and include the answer your GP give to this question - I assume that since (s)he was the one who make the referral, you ask him/her why - or, if you did not ask your GP - since after all (s)he was the one who make the referral - why not. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/"contra migraines/mild epilipsy". Havent seen neurologist in 10 years-had a bad seizure-effected me for two days. Can they change w/ time?

Yes : Over time they freq become less severe, but your recent experience should prompt you to reestablish a relationship with your neurologist. ...Read more

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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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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