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recommended. Please see our leaflets entitled ‘Anti-epileptic drug treatment’ and ‘Treatment for epilepsy’ for more information. This is one in a series of information leaflets about epilepsy. To access the others, or to find out more about our research, please visit our website: Text adapted from material supplied by Epilepsy Connections, February 2014. Epilepsy Research UK PO Box 3004 London W4 4XT t 020 8747 5024 f 0870 838 1069 e [email protected] w Registered office: Lamb House, Church Street, London W4 2PD. Registered charity no: 1100394 Epilepsy James Bowman, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA F Edward Dudek, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA Mark Spitz, University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, Colorado, USA Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurrent epileptic seizures. Brain injury and genetic abnormalities underlie this disorder. Introduction Epilepsy is defined as the repeated occurrence of sudden, excessive and/or synchronous discharges in cerebral cortical neurons resulting in disruption of consciousness, disturbance of sensation, movements, impairment of mental function, or some combination of these signs. Because of their sudden nature, seizures are called ictal events, from the Latin ictus meaning ‘to strike’. The terms epilepsy, seizure and convulsion are not synonymous. A seizure always is a symptom of abnormal function in the central nervous system (CNS) rather than a disease in itself. A seizure discharge may be initiated in an entirely normal cerebral cortex by a
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  • Fall '15
  • Neurology, Seizure, Epileptic seizures, Serial seizures

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