Epilepsy is a neurological disorder described by excessive and abnormal brain cell activity. It causes seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness. At least two unprovoked seizures are generally required for an epilepsy diagnosis.
Brain2Spine Institute is affiliated with one of the only five-level IV epilepsy centers in the state of Florida where Dr. Jobe serves as the chief surgeon.
There are a variety of different types of seizures but are categorized under two main groups.
Focal Seizures (affecting just one area of the brain)
- Focal seizures without loss of consciousness:
- Seizures with impaired awareness
Generalized Seizures (affecting all areas of the brain)
- Absence Seizure
- Tonic Seizure
- Atonic Seizure
- Clonic Seizure
- Myoclonic Seizure
- Tonic-clonic Seizure
Seizure symptoms include:
- Temporary confusion
- A staring spell
- Uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs
- Loss of consciousness or awareness
- Psychic symptoms such as fear, anxiety or deja vu
Causes of Epilepsy include:
- Genetic influence
- Head trauma
- Brain conditions
- Infectious disease
- Prenatal injury
- Developmental disorders
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