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Many questions arise after a first seizure. What caused it? Should treatment be started? Is it epilepsy?
In status epilepticus seizures appear in close succession or don’t stop. It is a serious condition that requires prompt medical attention.
Infants and young children can have seizures as a result of high fever. These are not epileptic seizures but they require medical attention.
Seizures are usually easily controlled with medications, but in some persons, seizures may continue. For these patients there are other possible treatments.
Epilepsy and genetics
How do someone’s genes contribute to the development of epilepsy? We now recognize several types of epilepsy that have a clear genetic component.
Some people have seizures but do not have epilepsy. These seizures have different causes and treatments.
Seizures in Infants
Infants have seizures that are different than the seizures of older children and adults. These seizures can be more difficult to recognize and may require treatment specialized for infants.
Some types of epilepsy occur only in children. How are these epilepsies recognized and treated?
For people whose seizures do not respond to medicines brain surgery may help bring the seizures under control. How does a person with uncontrolled seizures find out if surgery might be helpful?
Epilepsy and Pregnancy
What are the things a woman with epilepsy should prepare for before conceiving and during pregnancy?
SUDEP (Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy)
Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) is a rare occurrence in which a person with epilepsy dies without a clear cause. Much research is now taking place on what could cause it and how it could be prevented.
Epilepsy and cannabis
A compound of the cannabis plant called cannabidiol appears effective against some types of epilepsy, such as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
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