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Understanding Epilepsy following Omer Detz’s passing | Dr. Itai Gal

Epilepsy is a genetic disease that affects about one percent of the world’s population. However, it can also be caused by head injuries, brain tumors, or drug and alcohol use. The underlying cause of epileptic seizures is often unclear, leading to treatments that focus on preventing electrical disturbances and reducing the risk of repeated seizures.

While convulsions can sometimes be caused by temporary conditions like exposure to drugs or poisons, or abnormal blood levels of sodium or glucose, these convulsions usually do not recur once the underlying issue is resolved. However, conditions like head injuries, strokes, tumors, birth defects, and metabolic diseases can lead to recurring convulsions. While epilepsy may be a lifelong condition for some patients, modern drug treatments allow most patients to lead normal lives with some eventually needing less medication or even stopping treatment altogether.

EEG tests are typically used to diagnose epilepsy by recording brain waves over time and detecting changes that indicate epileptic activity requiring drug treatment. Treatment options include medications and surgery in some cases where patients are resistant to medication treatment.

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