Because epilepsy is caused by abnormal activity in the brain, seizures can affect various different brain areas. Seizure signs and symptoms can include;
- Temporary confusion
- Loss of consciousness
- Staring spells
- Uncontrollable jerking limb movements or convulsive body movements
Fact: Approximately 1 in 100 Canadians have epilepsy.
Fact: Some causes of epilepsy can include; brain injury or brain damage, structural brain abnormalities during brain development, genetics or a combination of two or more of these factors. For many people with epilepsy the cause is unknown.
Fact: Medications and sometimes surgery can be used to control seizures.
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