Epilepsy that causes generalized seizures is more
common in children than in adults. Partial seizures start in a
specific, often damaged area in the brain. But generalized seizures can't be
traced to a specific location or focus. The abnormal electrical activity that
causes the seizures begins over the entire surface of the brain. And these seizures tend
to affect the entire body.
Epilepsy that causes these seizures may have no known cause
(idiopathic). Or it may be caused by another condition (symptomatic). It is most often treated with medicine. But surgery may help in
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerSteven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
Current as ofOctober 14, 2016
Current as of:
October 14, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
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