Some people have normal brain wiring and still have seizures. These seizures can be caused by an infection in the brain, low blood sugar, extremely high blood pressure or low salt levels in the blood. These types of seizures are called provoked seizures.
Others have abnormal brain wiring that can cause seizures - even though they are otherwise healthy. These types of seizures are called unprovoked seizures and they are common in people with epilepsy.
Common risk factors for epilepsy include:
Seizures can be divided into two main categories: generalized-onset or partial-onset.
Generalized-onset seizures start from the entire brain all at once. Generalized seizure warning signs and symptoms can include:
Common types of generalized seizures include:
Partial seizures, or focal seizures, start from one small part of the brain, and may or may not spread to the entire brain. Partial-onset seizure symptoms can include:
Seizures can be dangerous and life-threatening. At Aurora, seizure diagnosis begins with a detailed discussion of your symptoms, a comprehensive neurologic examination and diagnostic testing.
Basic testing includes an EEG or brainwave test to see if we can capture a seizure or see footprints of seizure activity. We may also get an MRI of your brain to see if there is an abnormality or malformation that can cause seizures.
Aurora’s expert neurologists can help you manage these debilitating occurrences – regardless of their source – so you can lead an independent, productive life. We’ll start by determining whether you have generalized-onset or partial-onset seizures, and then develop a seizure treatment or epilepsy treatment plan that’s right for you.
Epilepsy treatment options might include:
If you are experiencing seizures and think you may be suffering from epilepsy, the neurological team at Aurora Health Care is here to help. Our neurologists practice throughout eastern Wisconsin, with convenient locations in:
Fond du Lac
Book an appointment with an epilepsy treatment specialist near you.