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What Is Known As Silent 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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Lately have been waking up feeling confused--don't know where i am--possible nocturnal partial seizure? diangosis with epilepsy-no known seizures for 1.5 yrs
See below: Agree with dr. Lin. Waking up confused is concerning for epilepsy especially with a past history, but it can also be fragmented sleep due to a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea. If you have bitten your tongue, wet the bed, or have body aches, it can further point to seizures. It is best to consult a neurologist, at this point, to evaluate your events at night ; manage your lamictal, if needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A 10 y old pt.Known dm1recently dx. Epilepsy started on keppra (levetiracetam) 2 days later expereined severe hypoglycemia (insulin stopped 4 aweek) any explaination?
If I have epilepsy, would you recommend running track? There's no known cause and I have grand mal occasionally following with tonic.
Participation in : aerobic exercise like running on a closed track under supervision actually helps reduce the frequency of seizures in some patients. However, you need to ask your neurologist if it is the right thing for you to do, as your school will require a medical release. Since your seizures are not controlled by your current regimen, also ask your neurologist if other treatment options are available. ...Read more
I have a posterior fossa arachnoid cyst last known 1.7x 1.6x3cm severe headaches, "pressure" in head epilepsy memory loss confusion&others ..related?
We usually think not: However, there are cases where arachnoid cysts cause symptoms such as headaches and other types of both cognitive, motor, & cognitive problems which get better when the cyst is removed. But that doesn't happen often. Usually, they're benign & have been there since birth. They don't need to be removed unless testing/examination suggests otherwise. If you'd like a 1-1 consult please let me know. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can sudden onset of both seizure disorder & allergic reaction be related in 14-yr. Old boy whose mother has mild seizure disorder but no known allergy?
Seizure Disorder: Acute allergy to something might have been worked as seizure trigger in this case. There are many other causes of seizure trigger, e.G stress, infection, dehydration, poor sleep, etc etc. Seizure disorder needs to be evaluated preferably by a neurologist to find out the type and management accordingly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Abnormal nerves: epilepsy is due to a group of nerves in the brain firing out of synchrony with the normal, firing nerves in the brain. can be caused by scar tissue in the nerves caused by any type of trauma, such as stroke, head injury, brain tumor, or some people for some reason are born with it. some theorize that people with epilepsy are born with the propensity to have abnormally firing nerves. ...Read more
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
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
Many factors: Epilepsy is the tendency to have repeated seizures. Although any of us can have a seizure if our internal environment is sufficiently altered, certain conditions can cause the brain to have repeated seizures. These include inborn abnormalities, brain tumors, brain trauma, vascular malformations, and others. These lesions cause an imbalance of irritability over suppression of electrical activity. ...Read more
Multiple reasons: Epilepsy, a condition characterized by recurrent, unprovoked epileptic seizures, has multiple causes. These include: genetic, head trauma, certain brain infections, and stroke. Even with the most sophisticated diagnostic techniques, there are a significant number of cases in which the cause is not known. This, of course, does not mean that the person does not have epilepsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many ways: Genetics is one way. Some even believe that even in the "non-genetic epilepsies, " that there is a "genetic predisposition" that makes some people more susceptible to developing epilepsy from head trauma, stroke, dementia, encephalitis, or brain tumors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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