Life with epilepsy

Contrary to popular belief that a person with epilepsy will have to limit himself in many ways, that many roads in front of him are closed, life with epilepsy is not so strict. Continue reading “Life with epilepsy”

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Types of epileptic seizures

Epilepsy can manifest itself in completely different types of seizures. These types are classified:

  • Due to their occurrence (idiopathic and secondary epilepsy);
  • At the location of the initial focus of excessive electrical activity (cortex of the right or left hemisphere, deep divisions of the brain);
  • By the variant of development of events during an attack (with loss of consciousness or without).

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What is epilepsy?

What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a chronic disease of the brain, the main manifestation of which are spontaneous, short-term, rarely occurring epileptic seizures. Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases. Every hundredth person on the earth has epileptic seizures.

Most often, epilepsy is congenital, so the first attacks appear in children (5-10 years) and adolescence (12-18 years). In this case, damage to the brain is not detected, only the electrical activity of the nerve cells is changed, and the threshold of brain excitability is lowered. This epilepsy is called primary (idiopathic), flows benignly, can be treated well, and with age, the patient can completely refuse taking pills.

Another type of epilepsy is secondary (symptomatic), it develops after damage to the structure of the brain or a metabolic disorder in it – as a result of a number of pathological influences (underdevelopment of brain structures, craniocerebral trauma, infections, strokes, tumors, alcohol and drug addiction and Other). Such forms of epilepsy can develop at any age and are more difficult to cure. But sometimes a complete cure is possible if it is possible to cope with the underlying disease.