July 29th, 2011
I choose this topic because it hits close to home for me. My mom has epilepsy and has had it for quite some time now. It has skipped me, even though I can still get it, but I have kids that are young and I need to learn more about this subject. Epilepsy can result from birth, head injury, a birth defect, brain tumor, or an infection in the brain. It can also be inherited. For half the people with epilepsy, a cause cannot be found, it is also not contagious. The estimated range of people in the U.S that have epilepsy is about 1.4 to 2.7 million people. Depending on the diagnostic criteria and study method. It can occur at any age, but is most frequently seen in the elderly and very young.
There is a difference between seizure and epilepsy. Epilepsy is a neurological condition that causes the brain to produce sudden bursts of electronic energy. In order for the brain to function, there needs to be balance between increases activity and restraint. When there is no balance, a seizure may happen. A seizure is a change in awareness, sensation, or behavior brought about by an electronic disturbance in the brain. Seizure range from tingling in a finger to a generalized seizure, which people lose consciousness, become stiff, and jerk. Seizures are a symptom of epilepsy.
At the Children’s National Medical Center, it’s one the of largest multidisciplinary epilepsy programs in the country. The medical center has more than 8,000 epilepsy related patient visit each year. It’s clinical and research program evaluates and cares for children from the onset of seizures, through novel therapeutic interventions, medication trails, and surgery for children with chronic epilepsy. The medical center has the largest new onset epilepsy program in the country, treating close to 400 children with newly diagnosed seizures each year. Also performs about 40 epilepsy surgery cases annually.... [continues]
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