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that resemble seizures, but are not epileptic. Even if a spell was a seizure, the seizures begin on both sides of the brain (generalized) or in a discrete to convulsions. Epilepsy may result from many conditions, including head tolerable, a second medication will be substituted or added. Commonly trauma, stroke, birth injury or tumor, although the majority of cases used medications include phenytoin, carbamazepine, valproic acid and use of several new antiepileptic medications, including Neurontin will have persistent seizures despite medication use. Patients with partial

for generalized seizures, while others are more effective for partial have no identifiable cause. A minority of the cases are hereditary. may vary greatly in appearance from individual to individual. Seizures can many times the risk of recurrence is low and treatment is not required. An magnetic resonance imaging study (MRI) may show evidence of scar tissue or new antiepileptic medications are currently being evaluated in of antiepileptic medications, but efffective treatment depends on proper other structural abnormality that would support the diagnosis of epilepsy. patient truly has epilepsy. Fainting, heart arrhythmias, medication use and physical exam, along with the tests mentioned above, to determine whether phenobarbital. The Food and Drug Administration has also approved the psychiatric conditions are examples of conditions that may result in spells range from an unusual sensation or hallucination to episodes of confusion seizures. The physician chooses the medication with the most favorable seizure type and then works with the patient to find the appropriate dose. seizures who do not respond to medications may be candidates for epilepsy side-effect profile that is likely to be effective for the patient's surgery, in which the abnormal brain tissue responsible for causing the seizures is removed.

appropriate medication regimen has ben established for them. A minority area of one side of the brain (partial). Certain medications are more useful diagnosis. The first part of diagnosis involves determining whether the electroencephalogram (EEG) may show abnormal brain electrical activity or a experimental clinical trials.

(gabapentin), Lamictal (lamotrigine) and Felbatol (felbamate). Other Americans. It is characterized by recurrent epileptic seizures, which Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that affects 2.5 million In the majority of patients, epilepsy is readily treatable with a variety Most patients have good or excellent control of their seizures once the Occasionally, patients are admitted to the hospital for simultaneous video Occasionally, if seizures are not controlled or if side effects are not Once the diagnosis of epilepsy is made, the physician uses the history and and EEG monitoring in an attempt to "capture a spell," which can then be analyzed to determine if epileptic seizures are occurring.

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