Epilepsy

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy, also called seizure disorder, is a neurological condition that causes unprovoked, recurrent seizures. When a person has had two or more seizures which have not been provoked by specific events such as trauma, infection, fever or chemical change, they are considered to have epilepsy. An estimated 65 million people worldwide currently live with epilepsy. One in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime.

Epilepsy Can Affect Anyone.

Anyone can develop epilepsy. Epilepsy affects both males and females of all races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

What Causes Epilepsy?

In general, epilepsy and seizures result from abnormal circuit activity in the brain. Any event ranging from faulty wiring during brain development, brain inflammation, physical injury or infection can lead to seizure and epilepsy. However, according to recent estimates, in up to 50% of patients diagnosed with epilepsy, the cause is unknown (idiopathic).

UNDERLYING CAUSES FOR EPILEPSY INCLUDE:

  • Trauma
  • Stroke
  • Tumors
  • Infectious disease
  • Unknown causes

Learn more at: The Epilepsy Network