What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy, also called seizure disorder, results from abnormal electrical impulses in the brain. Appropriate medical treatment can often help control the symptoms of epilepsy, allowing patients to live active, normal lives.
What are seizures?
Seizures, which can last from a few seconds to several minutes, may include convulsions or loss of consciousness. Many seizures are milder, and may include staring blankly and jerky movements of the arms and legs. Mild seizures may not result in complete loss of consciousness.
Diagnosis and Treatment Near Fort Worth, TX
About one in 100 Americans will at some point in their lives have a single, unexplained seizure. A single seizure does not mean you have epilepsy. Two or more seizures are required for a diagnosis of epilepsy. If you have two unexplained seizures, the chances you will have more increase significantly. Diagnosis at that point would be the safest course of action.
Our center helps patients determine if they may benefit from EEG monitoring. The clinical coordinator can answer questions and help with referrals to physicians. After consulting a physician on staff, you may be referred to our center for monitoring or further studies. The entire process is coordinated, supervised and monitored by Board Certified Neurologists.
Epilepsy is a seizure disorder in which there is a sudden temporary change in how the brain functions. The healthy brain is made up of millions of interconnecting nerve cells called neurons. These cells are constantly communicating with each other by sending signals through tentacle like connections called axons and dendrites. Neurons normally generate impulses up to eighty times a second. During an epileptic seizure, that rate can increase up to five-hundred times a second.
Epileptic seizures may result in blackouts, involuntary movement of the arms and legs and distorted perceptions. When the impulse rate returns to normal, the seizure ends and the patient is generally left with a feeling of extreme fatigue.
There are many different forms of epilepsy, and management depends on correct diagnosis. Epilepsy can be a lifelong condition that can result in serious complications.
Persons with epilepsy need to be managed and monitored by a physician.