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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder where brain activity becomes abnormal. This can cause seizures of varying lengths of time and severity. Epilepsy can affect people of any age and may occur due to genetic disorders or brain injury such as stroke.

Symptoms of epilepsy

  • Fluctuations in severity of seizure (suspected status epilepticus)

  • Abnormal behavior

  • Seizure

  • Biting tongue when losing consciousness

  • Todd's paralysis

  • Confused or forgetful after waking up from fainting episode

  • Seizure with movements on only one side of the body

  • History of brain tumour

Questions your doctor may ask to check for epilepsy

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose epilepsy

  • Have you noticed or been told that you have been acting strangely, differently from usual?

  • Have you had a seizure?

  • Do you bite your tongue when losing consciousness?

  • Were you confused or had memory problems after regaining consciousness?

  • Did you have a seizure (fit) which involved only one side of your body?

Treatment for epilepsy

Seizures can be controlled with anti-medications and lifestyle changes.Treatment regimen varies from person to person. For some people, surgery or implantable devices can help.

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References

  • Beghi E, Giussani G, Sander JW. The natural history and prognosis of epilepsy. Epileptic Disord. 2015 Sep;17(3):243-53. doi: 10.1684/epd.2015.0751. PMID: 26234761.

    https://www.jle.com/fr/revues/epd/e-docs/the_natural_history_and_prognosis_of_epilepsy_305192/article.phtml

  • Manford M. Recent advances in epilepsy. J Neurol. 2017 Aug;264(8):1811-1824. doi: 10.1007/s00415-017-8394-2. Epub 2017 Jan 24. PMID: 28120042; PMCID: PMC5533817.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00415-017-8394-2

  • Thijs RD, Surges R, O'Brien TJ, Sander JW. Epilepsy in adults. Lancet. 2019 Feb 16;393(10172):689-701. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32596-0. Epub 2019 Jan 24. PMID: 30686584.

    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)32596-0/fulltext

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