Epilepsy is a chronic disorder, the hallmark of which is recurrent, unprovoked seizures. Many people with epilepsy have more than one type of seizure and may have other symptoms of neurological problems as well. Sometimes EEG testing, clinical history, family history and outlook are similar among a group of people with epilepsy. In these situations, their condition can be defined as a specific epilepsy syndrome.
The human brain is the source of human epilepsy. Although the symptoms of a seizure may affect any part of the body, the electrical events that produce the symptoms occur in the brain. The location of that event, how it spreads and how much of the brain is affected, and how long it lasts all have profound effects. These factors determine the character of a seizure and its impact on the individual.
- > Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder and affects people of all ages
- > Epilepsy means the same thing as "seizure disorders"
- > Epilepsy is characterized by unpredictable seizures and can cause other health problems
- > Epilepsy is a spectrum condition with a wide range of seizure types and control varying from person-to-person