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Epilepsy and seizure disorder affects 3.4 million people in the United States and 65 million worldwide. The numbers for the United States include 470,000 children. Northwestern Medicine offers a comprehensive center with specialized care for patients with epilepsy and seizure disorders. A multidisciplinary team which includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, specialized nurses and EEG technicians are dedicated to providing quality care to each patient with epilepsy and/or seizure disorder.

What is epilepsy? Epilepsy is an abnormal electrical activity that affects the nervous system. Seizure disorder creates a disturbance to the electrical activity to the brain. Epilepsy is considered a medical condition with two or more unprovoked seizures. A seizure is defined as a single occurrence and need not mean you have epilepsy. The number of new epilepsy cases is increasing at a rate of 150,000 annually in the United States. Epilepsy awareness and education are a must, support Northwestern Medicine with a donation to fuel research that will help others have a better quality of life.

Epilepsy ranks as the fourth most common neurological disorder and knows no age limits. Another epilepsy factor, the seizures are unpredictable and additional health problems may be experienced by the person. Seizures are only symptoms and affect each person differently.                            

The first sign of a seizure is labeled an aura. Note not all people have an aura. The second stage of a seizure is classified as the ictal phase. This is associated with the electrical seizure activity in the brain. The final stage of a seizure is the postictal phase, the recovery time for the person. The recovery time will vary from person to person. Some patients with seizure disorder may have immediate recovery, while others the recovery time period will be minutes or hours. Unlike epilepsy seizures, the symptoms of a seizure usually occur the same way.

There are many symptoms of a seizure, you may be aware of the onset of a seizure; while others have no warning whatsoever. A few of the typical symptoms are smells, sounds, tastes, visual loss or blurring, racing thoughts and headache. The symptoms will increase and change with each stage of the seizure. Keep in mind one’s awareness, sensory, emotional, physical and thought process are going to be influenced.

There are several distinctive types of seizures; however, most seizures can be classified in one of two categories. The categories are focal or generalized. Focal seizures take place only on one part of the brain hemisphere. While generalized seizures appear on both sides of brain hemisphere. There are six types of generalized seizures. Three of the six types are absence seizures (formerly petit mal), tonic-clonic or convulsive seizures (formerly grand mal) and atonic seizures (known as drop attacks). Note in 2017 new terms were introduced to the group and distinguish seizures and epilepsy types. There are many types of epilepsy with many symptoms and electrical brain patterns. Right now is the time for you to show your support for the scientist and their epilepsy research at Northwestern Medicine, please make a donation today to make a difference in someone’s life.

It is hard to pinpoint a diagnosis for seizures and the type of epilepsy. First, a series of questions will be asked by the physician and a multitude of tests performed. The tests will include family medical history, blood tests, and electroencephalogram (EEG). This will record the location of electrical activity, severity and type of seizure. In addition, brain imaging tests including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computerized (Axial) Tomographic Scan (CT/CAT scan) may be ordered by your physician.

Epilepsy treatment has been classified into three categories – medications, non-drug treatments and complementary medicine. The first step in the treatment of epilepsy is drug therapy. It is estimated 60 percent of patients with epilepsy control seizure episodes with medication. The important thing is to keep a constant level of medication in your blood system. There is no cure; however, for most patients with epilepsy, it is controllable. Immediately show your support for patients with epilepsy by making a donation to Northwestern Medicine as scientist continuously conduct research for treatments and a cure.

Epilepsy and Seizure Disorder Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

The team at Northwestern Medicine will present a comprehensive approach to dealing with all the challenges patients with epilepsy face. A patient with epilepsy and seizure disorder must be extremely aware of safety at home, work and school.  With seizures being unpredictable and striking without a moment’s notice, everyone needs to know how to respond quickly. To accomplish substantial advancements, Northwestern Medicine needs you to please make a commitment to donate today.

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