Columbia Center for Neurology and Multiple Sclerosis treats patients suffering from epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a group of long term neurological disorders characterized by epileptic seizures. Seizures are episodes that vary from brief undetectable to long periods of visual shaking.
Seizures that are due to epilepsy occur for no immediate cause, but seizures that occur around a specific cause are not necessarily epilepsy. In most cases that cause is unknown; however, some are the result of brain trauma, stoke, brain cancer, and misuse of drug and alcohol.
Epileptic seizures results from excessive and abnormal cortical nerve cell activity in the brain. This diagnosis involves ruling out conditions that may cause similar symptoms, as well as figuring out any immediate causes that may be present.
An electroencephalogram (EEG) can sometimes confirm that a patient has epilepsy. 70% of the cases of epilepsy can be controlled but not cured with medication. Not all epilepsy are lifelong, but a number of people improve to the point where medication is no longer needed.