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Epilepsy is a chronic disease that affects the brain and is characterized by recurrent episodes of involuntary movements that may involve part of the body or the whole body and may sometimes be accompanied by loss of consciousness, according to who.
Epilepsy occurs as a result of excessive electrical secretions in parts of the brain cells. The number of seizures that a person can experience varies from one seizure per year to several per day.
Symptoms of epilepsy
The symptoms and characteristics of seizures that affect a person vary depending on where in the brain is affected, where there are several temporary symptoms such as movement disorders and loss of consciousness.
When having seizures, people with epilepsy may tend to fractures and bruises, because they are not aware of what is happening, and there are some psychological problems that they may be exposed to, such as depression.
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Causes of epilepsy
About 50% of cases of epilepsy are of unknown cause, and although epilepsy is a non-contagious disease, most of the basic pathogens can lead to epilepsy, and these causes are: genetic, infectious, immune and other examples of these causes:
- Congenital malformations and brain malformations.
- Severe head injuries.
- Infection of the brain, such as encephalitis.
- A brain tumor.
- A stroke prevents enough oxygen from being delivered.
70% of people with epilepsy can become completely free from epilepsy if appropriate anti-seizure medications are used, as these seizures can be controlled.
Protecting the head from injury is one of the best ways to prevent epilepsy resulting from head injuries.
Prevention of stroke, which in turn leads to epilepsy. Epilepsy is a difficult disease that can make a person do things he does not want to, so if you have epilepsy or know someone who has it, advise him to take his medication regularly.
- World Health Organization (WHO)
The United Nations agency working to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable.