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Epilepsy

Flashcards for Mrs.Peterson 2nd Hour

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What is Epilepsy? Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes seizures, and is sometimes referred to as a seizure disorder
How many people are affected by Epilepsy? There are 2.7 million Americans with epilepsy
How many new cases are found each year? There are more than 125,000 new cases of epilepsy diagnosed each year.
Who gets it? Epilepsy is most commonly found in children and teen
At what age can they be diagnosed? Epilepsy can be diagnosed at any age.More than half of the people diagnosed are diagnosed under the age of 25. One third are diagnosed under the age of 18.
What party of the body does it affect? epilepsy affects the brain. Specifically it affects normal brain activity.
Name 2 symptoms of Epilepsy? Periods of confused memory or blackouts, periods of unresponsiveness, involuntary movements arms and legs,fainting spells, hearing odd sounds
How is it detected? Epilepsy is diagnosed by a test called an EEG( The electroencephalogram)
What is an EEG? An EEG is a test that measures the electrical signals produced by brain cells
What are the treatment options? Medications, Surgery, Ketogenic diet, and Vagus nerve stimulators
Which is the most common treatment? Medications are the most common treatment
Are there side effects to the medications? Yes
Name 2 side effects of the medications taken for Epilepsy? Increased or Decreased appetite, irritability, nausea, drowsiness, hyperactivity, and difficulty remembering things
Is there a cause for epilepsy? Epilepsy has no identifiable causes. If the cause can be determined the most common causes are genetic influence, head trauma, prenatal injuries
Are there support groups available for those who are diagnosed? Parent and family support network, Hope for Epilepsy Support Group
Created by: rosase