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other observers. The EEG is often very helpful in diagnosis, although many people with epilepsy have normal interictal EEGs. Two major categories of epilepsy are recognized (partial and generalized), each having various subtypes. Epilepsy has many different causes but the exact molecular and cellular characteristics of the neuronal abnormality in the cerebral cortex that causes epileptic seizures is not fully known. Animal experimentation has suggested that abnormalities exist in the ion channels in neuronal membranes and/or in the synaptic relationships between neurons. Epilepsy usually is not a life-threatening condition, but the quality of life may be impaired significantly when the patient’s epilepsy is not treated successfully. Many patients can be treated with one or more of several medications, and those who do not respond to aggressive medical management may be treated neurosurgically. Further Reading Engel J Jr (1989) Seizures and Epilepsy. Philadelphia: FA Davis. Engel J Jr (ed.) (1993) Surgical Treatment of the Epilepsies. New York: Raven Press. Hauser WA and Hesdorffer DC
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