Seizures: Head Potential Causes Of Epilepsy

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Seizures are symptoms of abnormal brain functions. With the exception of very young children and the elderly, the cause of the abnormal brain function is usually not identifiable. When seizures start, the physician will try to identify the cause of the seizure. This is because the most specific diagnosis as to why seizures are occurring depends on finding a cure, and the best therapy will be one specific to the etiology. If a specific diagnosis of cause cannot be made , then the epilepsy will be described according to seizure type or epileptic syndrome. In about seven out of ten people with epilepsy, no cause can be found. Among the rest, the cause may be one of a number of things that can make a difference in the way the brain works. Head…show more content…
Surprisingly there is more inborn errors metabolism, intracranial hemorrhage, maternal drug use, finally there is infection. Potential causes of epilepsy for infants and children are fever which are febrile seizures. Brian tumors rarely cause this effect, infections. Potential causes of epilepsy for children and adults, congenital condition, for example down's syndrome, angelman's syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, and neurofibromatosis, genetic factors, progressive brain disease this one is rare, finally there is head trauma. Potential causes of epilepsy for elderly, stroke, alzheimer's disease,…show more content…
They also can result from exposure to street drugs and from overdoses of antidepressants and other medications. Seizures are often triggered by factors as lack of sleep, alcohol consumption, stress, or hormonal changes associated with the menstrual cycle. These seizure triggers do not cause epilepsy but can provoke first seizure or cause breakthrough seizures in people who otherwise experience good seizure control with their medication. Sleep deprivation in particular is a universal and powerful trigger of seizures. For this reason people with epilepsy should make sure to get enough sleep and should try to stay on a regular sleep schedule as much as possible. For some people, light flashing at a certain speed or flicker of a computer monitor can trigger a seizure. This problem is called photosensitive epilepsy. Smoking cigarettes acts on receptors for the excitatory neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain, which increases neuronal firing. Seizures are not triggered by sexual activity "thank god", except in very rare

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