Epilepsy is one of the most common transient brain dysfunctions. It is characterized by epileptic seizures: Nerve cells (neurons) in the brain suddenly fire synchronized and uncontrolled pulses for a short time.
Such a seizure can be pronounced to different degrees. Accordingly, the effects are variable. For example, some patients experience only a slight twitching or tingling of individual muscles. Others are briefly "as if stepping away" (absent). In the worst case, it leads to an uncontrolled seizure of the whole body and to a short unconsciousness.
In industrialized countries such as Germany, between five and nine out of every 1,000 people are affected by epilepsy. Every year, about 40 to 70 out of every 100,000 people become ill. The highest risk of disease is in childhood and beyond the 50th to 60th year of life. However, epilepsy can basically occur at any age.
The onset of epilepsy is diverse and complex. Often, the exact disease development remains in the dark. Thus, in some cases, despite modern investigation methods, no specific cause for epileptic seizures can be identified, even though there is clear evidence of a cause in the brain. Then one speaks of unexplained (cryptogenic) epilepsy.
Sometimes one can not even explain why a patient experiences epileptic seizures. There are no indications of the cause, such as pathological changes in the brain or metabolic disorders. This is what doctors call idiopathic epilepsy.
The long-term treatment of epilepsy patients usually takes over a resident neurologist or pediatric neurologist. Sometimes it may be wise to contact an outpatient clinic or clinic specializing in epilepsy treatment (Epilepsy, Epilepsy Outpatient Clinic, Epilepsy Center). For example, if the diagnosis is unclear, epileptic seizures occur despite treatment, or there are specific problems associated with epilepsy.
For most epilepsy patients, drug treatment helps to lead an attack-free life. Used are so-called antiepileptic drugs. They inhibit the excessive activity of nerve cells in the brain. This can reduce the risk of seizures. Therefore one speaks also of anticonvulsants (= anticonvulsants). But the drugs can not do anything about the cause of epilepsy. This means that anti-epileptic drugs only have a symptomatic effect but can not cure epilepsy.
In some patients, epilepsy is not sufficiently treatable with medication. If the seizures always start from a limited brain area (partial seizures), this part of the brain may be surgically removed (resection, resective surgery). This can in many cases prevent future epileptic seizures.
Resective surgery is only possible under certain conditions. Thus, cutting out the relevant brain region must be relatively safe. In addition, it must not entail any unacceptable disadvantages for the patient, such as serious impairment of certain brain functions.
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