Epilepsy that causes partial seizures is sometimes
called focal epilepsy, because the seizures start at a specific focus or
location within the brain. In people with this type of disorder, the electrical
charges that cause seizures begin in a specific area in the brain, although
more of the brain may become affected during the seizure.
Epilepsy that causes partial seizures is the most common type of
epilepsy in adults. The seizures do not always have a known cause. But they
often result from severe head injury, stroke, brain tumor, brain infections,
scar tissue, and other diseases that affect the brain.
Treatments for epilepsy have come a long way in the last decade. Doctors have more than twice as many epilepsymedications to choose from than they did 10 years ago. They've learned more about the causes of the condition and developed new methods of treatment, like nerve stimulation. There has been a lot of progress, and research continues into new drugs and treatments.
This all adds up to a good prognosis for the nearly 3 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. With proper treatment, most people...
These same conditions may also cause partial seizures in
children. But the cause of partial seizures in children is more often
unknown (idiopathic). These seizures are often a form of
benign focal childhood epilepsy, which has no known
Drug therapy is the usual treatment for partial seizures for both
adults and children. Surgery that removes the affected area of the brain is
also an option for some people who have partial seizures.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
August 26, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 26, 2011
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