Countering the Unpredictable: Brain Seizure Care Now Complex
Epilepsy can happen to anyone at any age—out of the blue.
We've gone from very limited and not very successful options to what is now a complex specialty.
- Symptoms: recurring seizures that can affect parts or whole body, including emotions and perception; triggers can include sound, smell or light.
- Treatments: medication, surgery, diet.
- Role of genetics: some forms of epilepsy seem to have a genetic component.
- National statistics: Three million people in the U.S. have epilepsy. Men are more likely to develop the disorder than women; the incidence highest before age 2 and after age 65.
- Research: Areas of basic interest include post-traumatic injury epilepsy, brain circuits underlying onset and spread of seizures, prolonged seizures, development of abnormal brain rhythms; clinical research includes forms of brain stimulation.
- Resources: The Center's Web page at stanfordmedicine.org includes video lectures by Fisher and an extensive descriptions of types of epilepsy, seizures and treatments. Also, see:
For more information, call:
- Stanford Hospital & Clinics: 650-723-4000
- Stanford Epilepsy Center: 650-723-6469
I just want to keep going, to live a normal life. I don't want just to sit at home and be depressed.