Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological condition in the world and occurs in patients in all walks of life.
Epilepsy is a condition that originates in the brain. The brain is a complex organ that is constructed of millions of nerve cells, known as neurons. The brain controls an extensive assortment of tasks including consciousness, awareness and physical movement.The brain sends and receives messages to the body and makes these motions happen.
Sometimes, there may be an error when the brain sends or receives a message. In some cases, this type of error can cause a person to have a seizure. Many people will have a single seizure at some time in their lives, but this does not mean that they have epilepsy. If a person has epilepsy it means they have had more than one seizure beginning in the brain.
The causes of epilepsy can be put into three different categories, and each category includes a number of different types of epilepsy, including:
Symptomatic Epilepsy is when there is a known cause for a person’s epilepsy, such as a head injury, infection of the brain like meningitis, or a stroke.
Idiopathic Epilepsy is when there is no clear cause for the seizures suddenly starting.
Cryptogenic Epilepsy is when a known cause for a persons epilepsy starting cannot be proved, but one is suspected.
Because there is no obvious sign a person has epilepsy, unless they are having a seizure, it can make diagnosing epilepsy difficult. A diagnosis is usually made after a person has had more than one epileptic seizure. When a person has had a seizure they may not remember what happened, so it can be helpful to have information from someone who saw the seizure happening.
Dr. Davis will use the most advanced tools to provide you an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. These tools include blood tests, an Electroencephalogram (EEG) and scans such as Computerized Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). At Pediatric Neurology, we will examine all possible causes of seizures in order to provide you your healthiest life possible.
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