Epilepsy is a neurological (brain and nervous system) disease that causes repeated seizures. The seizures come from sudden bursts of uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain.
Epilepsy and the seizures it causes can range from mild to severe, causing a wide variety of symptoms and possibly dangerous complications. Not all seizures are due to epilepsy, and having one seizure doesn’t mean that you have epilepsy. Stanford Medicine doctors have led the international definition of epilepsy: who doesn’t have it, who does, and what type of epilepsy it is.
Stanford Health Care offers the highest level of care for people with all kinds of epilepsy and seizures, including the most complex. Our specialists have particular expertise in treating drug-resistant epilepsy when seizures still occur after treatment with two or more anti-seizure medications.
Our Comprehensive Epilepsy Program has received recognition as the highest level epilepsy center from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Our multispecialty team has experience in recognizing and pinpointing the causes of seizures to confirm an accurate diagnosis. You can rely on our epilepsy experts for exceptional treatment that brings you relief.