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Epilepsy / Seizures
19
Jul

How can you identify a seizure?

The most commonly recognized symptom of a seizure is uncontrolled shaking of the entire body. Sometimes the affected individual may become unresponsive for a short period of time (usually about a minute). Unexplained blanking out for a short period of time can be due to a seizure. But, a seizure can produce almost any kind...
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27
Jun

When should you consider Epilepsy surgery?

Most patients with Epilepsy do not need surgery. About 70% of patients do not have another seizure after they start taking medications. Most patients with epilepsy do not need surgery to control their seizures. However, medications are not able to control seizures in about 30% of patients. In the year 2002, two physicians named Dr....
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25
Jun

What is an “Aura”?

An “aura” is a warning. When a focal seizure begins, it starts in a small part of your brain. During this period, some patients may experience mild symptoms like a bad odor, or a bad taste (please see complete list in the text box). If the seizure spreads beyond this small part of the brain,...
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25
Jun

What are the two categories of seizures?

Seizures are divided into two categories: 1. Focal: A focal seizure starts in one small region from the outer surface of the brain. As I described earlier, sometimes the uncontrolled sparking can spread all over the brain. 2. Primary Generalized: A primary generalized seizure starts all over the brain simultaneously. In this kind of seizure,...
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25
Jun

What is “Epilepsy”?

Epilepsy is a tendency to have repeated seizures. Many patients have a seizure only once in their lifetime. They do not get seizures repeatedly. These patients do not have epilepsy. Many patients who have a single seizure do not develop Epilepsy. However, some patients keep on having seizures. They have a higher tendency to have...
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25
Jun

What causes a seizure?

Our brain runs on electricity. Usually, this electricity is well controlled, and runs smoothly from one part of the brain to another, just like it would in a big city like Mumbai. Sometimes there is a loss of control over this electricity. You can think of it as a short-circuit and small sparks flying in...
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