Epilepsy and Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

For young women newly diagnosed with epilepsy, questions may include those around starting a family: Can I get pregnant? Can I have a healthy pregnancy? “Up to 95 percent of women with epilepsy end up with perfectly healthy babies and carry them to term,” says epileptologist Lara Jehi, MD. “The key to doing that is … Read More

Future Mothers: What the Valproate-Autism Link Means

Expectant mothers who take the drug valproate to control seizures may face an unexpected side effect: an increased risk of autism for their babies. A new study shows that the risk of autism increased threefold for children whose mothers took valproate, an anticonvulsant and mood-stabilizing drug, during pregnancy. If you are taking valproate and thinking … Read More

100 Seizures a Day: Surgery Saves Boy’s Life

Sam “Spike” Parrent is a normal, happy and healthy 6-year-old boy living in North Carolina. You would never imagine by looking at him that just two years ago, Spike had been racked with epileptic seizures — up to 100 a day. At one point doctors were ready to put him in a coma. His parents … Read More

Is Early Surgery the Answer for Epilepsy?

A Cleveland Clinic study has found that early brain surgery for frontal lobe epilepsy may be more successful in controlling seizures than medications. Frontal lobe epilepsy is the most complex form of epilepsy to treat. Many epilepsy patients take medications for years to control their seizures. Usually, surgery is only recommended as a last resort … Read More

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November: Epilepsy Awareness Month

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, and in honor of patients and their families, we’ve put together information about diagnosis, treatment and more. Explore Health Hub Epilepsy Myths & Facts5 Things You Don’t Know About Childhood StrokeWhen a Runny Nose Leads to a SeizureHow to Care for a Child With EpilepsyEpilepsy Risks Increase With Age Explore … Read More

Children and Solutions for Serious Epilepsy

When medication fails and seizures are uncontrollable, children with epilepsy  have few options. Sometimes brain surgery can help, but doctors approach surgery cautiously. Here’s how they decide if surgery is an option. Doctors usually use 2 tests together to decide which patients are eligible: Electroencephalograph (EEG), or brain-wave reading. This normally looks like a wavy … Read More

When a Fever Leads to a Seizure

When cold and flu season arrives, most parents expect their children to develop fever along with runny noses and ear infections. But few parents are prepared when fever causes a seizure. One in every 20 children with fever — typically between 6 months and 5 years of age — experiences a fever-related, or febrile, seizure. … Read More

How to Care for a Child With Epilepsy

If your child has epilepsy, the usual parental warnings — never swim alone, always wear a helmet when you ride your bike — take on added urgency because of the risk of seizures. You’re always on guard. But you can take steps to gain peace of mind and prevent serious issues, says Deepak Lachhwani, MBBS, … Read More

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Epilepsy Risks Increase With Age

The incidence of epilepsy is on the rise among baby boomers, the fastest-growing segment of society. Epilepsy is most common after age 65 as we become increasingly susceptible to conditions that trigger seizures. Strokes: Most common trigger In 80 percent of cases, strokes are the cause of adult-onset seizures. Brain tumors, head injuries and Alzheimer’s … Read More