Epilepsy

Introduction

This brochure is going to be all about epilepsy. You need to know about this because if you ever have kids you will need to know if they have it and what to do if they do.
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What is epilepsy

A disorder of the nervous system that can cause people to suddenly become unconscious and to have violent, uncontrolled movements of the body(Seizure)

Symptoms

The symptoms of epilepsy are:


Seizures

simply stare at nothing for a few seconds

lose consciousness

exhibit strange behavior (such as speaking nonsense)

convulse violently

How do you know if you have it

Since different types of seizures respond to different treatments, your doctor will ask about family history and request several tests.


Epilepsy EEG Test

This test tracks electrical signals from the brain.

Epilepsy and Blood Testing

There are a number of blood tests that may be recommended as part of your epilepsy diagnosis and treatment.

Epilepsy and the PET Scan

A positron emission tomography (PET) scan may be used to locate the part of the brain that is causing seizures.

Epilepsy and the Spinal Tap

One test for epilepsy is a spinal tap -- also called a lumbar puncture -- a procedure in which the fluid surrounding the spinal cord (called the cerebrospinal fluid or CSF) is withdrawn through a needle and examined in a lab.


Who can get it

Every 1 out of 100 people will get epilepsy. Any body with any of the reasons above can get it. This disease is not genetic it can not be inherited.

How do you get it

  • low oxygen during birth.

  • head injuries that occur during birth or from accidents during youth or adulthood.

  • brain tumors.

  • genetic conditions that result in brain injury, such as tuberous sclerosis.

  • infections such as meningitis or encephalitis.

Bibliography

"Epilepsy: Diagnosis & Tests." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2015.

Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2015.

Managing Seizures | Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan." Managing Seizures | Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2015.

Epilepsy Foundation." Facts about Seizures and Epilepsy. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2015.