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Epilepsy is a group of brain disorders marked by the recurrence of seizures caused by a disturbance in the normal nerve activity in the brain.
Looking for care for epilepsy in Southern California? Experts at Dignity Health Southern California provide comprehensive care for a range of neurological conditions. We can diagnose your symptoms and find a treatment option that is personalized to your unique case and type of epilepsy.
Use our online Find a Doctor tool and make an appointment today.
Epilepsy is caused by factors that interrupt the regular nerve activity of the brain. Circumstances that can cause this type of disruption are:
The cause of epilepsy is often unknown. In some cases, epilepsy runs in families.
Seizures are the primary sign of epilepsy. A patient must experience multiple seizures to be diagnosed with epilepsy. Experiencing a single seizure due to an injury or illness, such as head trauma or a high fever, is not considered epilepsy.
Seizure symptoms vary depending on where the seizure originates in the brain. Seizure signs and symptoms can include:
People with epilepsy may also experience other symptoms, such as smelling odors that don’t exist, pre-seizure mood changes, a tingling sensation, and having an uneasy or strange feeling.
Our neurology experts understand how epilepsy can affect your life. Our goal for epilepsy treatment include preserving optimal quality of life, reducing seizure frequency and severity, and avoiding treatment side effects. Your treatment plan will depend on the cause of your seizures and may include:
Make an appointment today to learn about what options are right for you.