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Epilepsy Treatment

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After having their first seizure, 50% of people go on to develop epilepsy. The physicians at All Neurological Services specialize in diagnosing and treating epilepsy, providing the ongoing management you need for your unique medical needs. If you have a seizure, don’t wait to call the nearest office or book an appointment online. The practice has locations in Brooklyn, New York as well as an office in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

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Epilepsy

What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a neurological condition defined by repeated seizures. Your provider diagnoses epilepsy after you have at least two seizures that an underlying medical condition does not cause. You may also be diagnosed with epilepsy after one seizure if you have a high risk of having another seizure in the future.

What causes seizures?

Seizures occur due to a sudden burst of abnormal electrical activity in your brain. The nerves (neurons) in your brain normally generate regular electrical impulses. You have a seizure when these impulses become overactive and chaotic, causing temporary changes in your movement, behavior, or level of consciousness.

Seizures develop from many possible medical conditions. A few examples include:

  • Stroke

  • High fever

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Central nervous system infection

  • Certain medications

  • Autoimmune disorders

  • Blood vessel conditions in the brain

  • Inflammatory brain conditions

  • Brain tumor

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Epilepsy

What symptoms develop if I have epilepsy?

  • Though epilepsy has one primary symptom, seizures, you may experience many different seizure symptoms. A few of the most common include:

  • Brief muscle twitches

  • Jerking movements

  • Whole-body spasms

  • Limp or rigid muscles

  • Inability to move

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Blanking out or staring

  • Confusion

  • Vision changes

  • Difficulty talking

 

Most seizures last 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Afterward, you may feel fine, or it could take hours to return to feeling like your usual self.

How is epilepsy diagnosed?

After reviewing your medical history and performing a physical and neurological exam, you have an electroencephalogram (EEG). Your EEG may reveal abnormal brain waves, and is the primary test for diagnosing epilepsy.

You may also need an ambulatory EEG or a video EEG. A video EEG records what happens if you have a seizure during your EEG. During an ambulatory EEG, you wear a device that records your brain activity over several days.

Depending on the results of your EEG, you may also need a transcranial doppler ultrasound, MRI, or CT scan. These techniques produce images of your brain and blood flowing through your brain, and can identify problems such as tumors, damage from a stroke, or degenerative disease.

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How is epilepsy treated?  

Epilepsy treatment at All Neurological Services focuses on taking medication to prevent future seizures. These medications, called anticonvulsants, work by regulating brain chemicals.

Your provider may also recommend vagus nerve stimulation or a ketogenic diet. However, if medications fail to stop your seizures or side effects prevent you from taking medications, you may be be considered for interventional treatment.

Whether you just had a seizure or need ongoing management for epilepsy, call All Neurological Services, or book an appointment online today.