Epilepsy Facts

What is Epilepsy?

Who is affected
by Epilepsy?

Epilepsy, my
hidden secret.

 


What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a neurological condition that from time to time produces brief disturbances in the normal electrical functions of the brain. Normal brain function is made possible by millions of tiny electrical charges passing between nerve cells in the brain and all other parts of the body. Seizures are a symptom of Epilepsy. A seizure starts when a tiny cluster of brain cells begins to emit rapid, highly rhythmic, synchronized, and repetitive electrical discharges. The malfunction may remain localized to a small area or, with seconds, like a ripple in a pond, involve the entire brain. The result is a seizure, the form of which may range from a brief staring episode or sudden drop attack to a massive, prolonged, life-threatening convulsion.

Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS), which Bronte has been diagnosed with, is a severe form of Epilepsy. There is no cure for this syndrome; therefore, freedom from seizures and the possibility for normal development remains in hands of researchers. The nature of the seizures, plus the drug toxicity and the continuous electrical abnormalities often reinforces the brain dysfunction and produce a severely handicapped child.

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