A disorder in which disturbed nerve cell activity in the brain causes seizures, Epilepsy may occur as a result of a genetic disorder or an acquired brain injury, such as a trauma or stroke.
During a seizure, a person may experience abnormal behavior, symptoms, and sensations. The most common physical reactions of Epilepsy include violent tremors and loss of consciousness. Typically; few, if any, symptoms present between seizures. Epilepsy is usually treated by medications and in some cases by surgery, devices, or dietary changes.
For patients who become diagnosed with Epilepsy, some of the main causes of this condition include:
Convulsion is a medical condition where the body muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in uncontrolled violent twitches and shakes of the body. Because epileptic seizures typically include convulsions, the term convulsion is sometimes used as a synonym for seizure.
Epilepsy is usually treated by medications and in some cases by surgery, devices, or dietary changes.
Resective surgery, the most common epilepsy surgery, is the removal of a small portion of the brain. The surgeon cuts out brain tissues in the area of the brain where seizures originate, usually the site of a tumor, brain injury or malformation. Around 70% of people (7 in 10 people) who have temporal lobe surgery find that the surgery stops their seizures and they become seizure-free, and for a further 20% (1 in 5 people) their seizures are reduced.
Recovery varies based on the person and type of procedure. You can expect to stay in the hospital for 3 to 7 days after epilepsy surgery. Most people can resume their regular activities 2 to 8 weeks after surgery.