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A couple of centuries back, if the person next to you had an epileptic fit, you would most likely brand them as being possessed by the devil. However, now you know better.
Epilepsy is diagnosed when a person has two or more seizures. Seizures are the most common symptom of epilepsy. Other symptoms that a person has depend on the type of epilepsy and the areas of the brain that are affected.
Epilepsy is a brain disorder, which causes disturbances in electrical signalling in the brain. If, however, a person has a seizure, it does not necessarily mean that he or she has epilepsy.
Epilepsy is diagnosed based on the history and tests that are done to confirm the diagnosis. Some of the tests that may be done include electroencephalography (EEG), brain imaging (CT, MRI, PET) and blood tests.
Consult a doctor for epilepsy if you have seizure while on medication or have bothersome side effects of medications.
Current treatment options for epilepsy include medications, surgery, vagus nerve stimulation and diet. According to studies, the currently available treatment options are effective in controlling seizures in about 80% of people with epilepsy.
Epilepsy, in many cases, cannot be prevented, but some cases of epilepsy caused by damage to the brain can be prevented. Injury to brain can be prevented by preventing head injury, brain infections and appropriate antenatal care. In people with epilepsy, repeated seizures can be controlled by early and appropriate treatment.
Prognosis of epilepsy is fairly good. Seizures in up to 70% of newly diagnosed children and adults with epilepsy can be successfully controlled for several years with anti-epileptic drugs.
Epilepsy cannot be cured i.e.it is a lifelong condition, but in most people, recurrent seizures can be prevented with medications. Studies have shown that recurrent seizures can be prevented with medications in up to 70% of newly diagnosed children and adults with epilepsy for several years.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder in which patients experience recurrent seizures. At least two seizures must occur before epilepsy is diagnosed.