Epilepsy & Seizures
More than 2 million people in the United States suffer from epilepsy, a neurological condition affecting the nervous system and triggering frequent seizures in patients. Seizures are disruptions in the normal electrical activity of the brain.
Epileptic patients almost always experience seizures, but it is important to note that not all seizures are caused by epilepsy.
Epilepsy can surface due to a variety of causes. Sometimes there is a genetic predisposition toward it, and sometimes the exact cause may never be established, which is the case for nearly half of those who suffer from it.
Potential causes for seizures in some infants and children include:
- Brain malformations
- Lack of oxygen during birth
- Intracranial hemorrhage
- Maternal drug use
- Fever/febrile seizures
- Brain tumor
- Head trauma