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What is Epilepsy?

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder in which the nerves in the brain communicate abnormally with each ...more »

  • Epilepsy: Brain condition causing seizures or spasms.
  • Epilepsy: brain disorder characterized by recurring excessive neuronal discharge, exhibited by transient episodes of motor, sensory, or psychic dysfunction, with or without unconsciousness or convulsive movements.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Epilepsy: a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by loss of consciousness and convulsions.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Epilepsy: Introduction

Types of Epilepsy:

Types of Epilepsy:

Broader types of Epilepsy:

How many people get Epilepsy?

Prevalance of Epilepsy: 2.3 million Americans (CDC)
Prevalance Rate of Epilepsy: approx 1 in 118 or 0.85% or 2.3 million people in USA [about data]
Incidence (annual) of Epilepsy: 181,000 people diagnosed each year (CDC)
Incidence Rate of Epilepsy: approx 1 in 1,502 or 0.07% or 181,000 people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Epilepsy: Epilepsy affects approximately 1% of the population making it one of the most common neurological diseases. (Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)

How serious is Epilepsy?

Prognosis of Epilepsy: Good. Most people have only mild impacts on an otherwise normal life.
Complications of Epilepsy: see complications of Epilepsy
Prognosis of Epilepsy: Most people with epilepsy lead outwardly normal lives. While epilepsy cannot currently be cured, for some people it does eventually go away. Most seizures do not cause brain damage. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Epilepsy Information Page: NINDS)

What causes Epilepsy?

Causes of Epilepsy: see causes of Epilepsy
Causes of Epilepsy: In approximately 30% of cases, epilepsy is caused by such events as head trauma, tumor, stroke, or infection. In those cases for which there is no known cause, recent evidence suggests there may be genetic predisposition to developing the disease. (Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology) ... Epilepsy is a disorder with many possible causes. Anything that disturbs the normal pattern of neuron activity from illness to brain damage to abnormal brain development can lead to seizures. Epilepsy may develop because of an abnormality in brain wiring, an imbalance of nerve signaling chemicals called neurotransmitters, or some combination of these factors. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Epilepsy Information Page: NINDS)
Risk factors for Epilepsy: see risk factors for Epilepsy

What are the symptoms of Epilepsy?

Symptoms of Epilepsy: see symptoms of Epilepsy

Complications of Epilepsy: see complications of Epilepsy

Epilepsy: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Epilepsy.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Epilepsy.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Epilepsy: Neurologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Epilepsy.
Treatments for Epilepsy: see treatments for Epilepsy
Research for Epilepsy: see research for Epilepsy

Society issues for Epilepsy


Hospitalization statistics for Epilepsy: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Epilepsy:

  • 0.72% (92,012) of hospital episodes were for Epilepsy, migraine and other episodic disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 82% of hospital consultations for Epilepsy, migraine and other episodic disorders required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 53% of hospital episodes for Epilepsy, migraine and other episodic disorders were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 47% of hospital episodes for Epilepsy, migraine and other episodic disorders were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 73% of hospital admissions for Epilepsy, migraine and other episodic disorders required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Epilepsy:

Organs and body systems related to Epilepsy include:

Name and Aliases of Epilepsy

Main name of condition: Epilepsy

Other names or spellings for Epilepsy:

Seizure Disorder

Epilepsy, primary Source - Diseases Database

Epilepsy: Related Conditions

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