Category: "Seizure Types"

What Is Dravet Syndrome?

What Is Dravet Syndrome?

Dravet syndrome (also known as severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy) is a type of epilepsy characterized by episodes of prolonged seizures that begin in the first year of life. It is a rare condition that affects one in 20,000 to 40,000 people worldwide. What causes Dravet syndrome? Dravet syndrome is a genetic condition. In around 80%–90% of patients, the disease […]

Everything You Need to Know About Tonic-Clonic Seizures

Everything You Need to Know About Tonic-Clonic Seizures

Tonic-clonic seizures, previously known as grand mal seizures, are characterized by both stiffness and jerking motions. A generalized tonic-clonic seizure is a disturbance in the functioning of both sides of your brain. A seizure that starts by affecting one side of your brain but spreads to involve both sides is called a focal to bilateral […]

Focal Onset Seizures (Partial Seizures)

Focal Onset Seizures (Partial Seizures)

What is a focal onset seizure? The human brain works by sending electrical signals through neurons, which are nerve cells. A seizure occurs when there’s a sudden burst of chaotic electrical activity. This causes a host of physical symptoms, like muscle contractions, visual disturbances, and blackouts. Seizures can affect the entire brain. A focal onset […]

Is Vaccination Safe for Children with Epilepsy ?

Is Vaccination Safe for Children with Epilepsy ?

  Seizures and status epilepticus can occur within 14 days following the administration of inactivated and live-attenuated vaccines. These vaccine-proximate seizures can undermine parental confidence in vaccine safety and affect further vaccination decisions. A recent study suggests that there is no contraindication to administering routine vaccines in children with epilepsy or febrile seizures. The study […]

‘My son has no quality of life, and this is our last hope,’ says the mother of a three-year-old boy who suffers from rare epilepsy.

‘My son has no quality of life, and this is our last hope,’ says the mother of a three-year-old boy who suffers from rare epilepsy.

After NHS (National Health Service) drugs failed to work on her son’s rare form of epilepsy, his mother is fighting for cannabis treatment in a last-ditch effort to improve his quality of life. Isaac, Sarah Sugden’s three-year-old son, has a rare gene mutation that has resulted in severe refractory epilepsy that has been resistant to […]

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