Infographic: Understanding the complexities of epilepsy
Epilepsy affects 2.2 million people in the U.S.
The neurological disorder often causes unexplained seizures. According to an infographic from Mount Sinai Medical Center, doctors and researchers don’t know what causes the abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
If a person experiences two or more seizures not caused by an illness or another trigger, he or she is considered to have epilepsy.
Those with an increased risk of the disorder may have:
Suffered a brain injury
Been exposed to toxics such as arsenic, lead or carbon monoxide
A family history of Alzheimer’s disease
Used certain medicines or recreational drugs
Been diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy or other developmental disabilities
This infographic can help patients and medical professionals recognize symptoms of epilepsy and how it can be diagnosed:
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