Epileptic seizures are sudden bursts of abnormal electrical activity in the brain that can cause changes in behavior, involuntary movements, and sometimes loss of consciousness. Epilepsy can result from a wide variety of disorders, including brain injury and stroke. Widely regarded as a pediatric disorder, almost one-third of new cases are diagnosed in early childhood.
A first seizure requires careful diagnostic evaluation to determine the cause of the event and the most appropriate treatment. Recurrent epileptic seizures can affect neural development in young children and present special challenges to patients and their families.
These seizures are split into two main categories:
- Generalized – involve all areas of the brain and are most common among children and teens
- Partial – initiate in one specific location in the brain and are most common in adults
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital features neurologists and pediatric neurologists highly experienced in identifying and treating epilepsy and other seizure disorders. We offer the most current diagnostic techniques and treatments available.
To make an initial appointment, consultation, a second opinion or to refer a patient to the Neurosciences Institute at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, please call us at 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622).