What is epilepsy and are there different types? (Chad Carlson, MD)

Chad Carlson, MD, neurologist, discusses the characteristics of epilepsy. Dr. Carlson is part of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Comprehensive Epilepsy Program.  

Epilepsy is a syndrome or a collection of disorders that are characterized by having recurrent seizures. These seizures occur in an unprovoked fashion. Seizures are an abnormal discharge or activity in the brain that can have any number of different symptoms that the patient may experience. Epilepsy, as it's classically defined, is really just having two or more unprovoked seizures. There are a number of different causes of epilepsy. It's important for you to work with your physician to understand better the specific cause or causes for your seizures in your epilepsy.

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