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glossary:epilepsy [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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|+||(1) Epilepsy (seizure disorder): When nerve cells in the brain fire electrical impulses at a rate of up to four times higher than normal, this causes a sort of electrical storm in the brain, known as a seizure. A pattern of repeated seizures is referred to as epilepsy. Known causes include head injuries or [[trauma]], brain [[tumor]]s, lead poisoning, maldevelopment of the brain, [[genetic]] and infectious illnesses. But in fully half of cases, no cause can be found. Medication controls seizures for the majority of patients.|
|+||(2) Epilepsy is a seizure disorder. A seizure is an event that involves loss of consciousness and motor (muscular) control. A person with a seizure disorder often experiences repetitive muscle jerking called convulsions. The condition is caused by a sudden change in electrical activity in the brain.|