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About Epilepsy

UW Health's comprehensive epilepsy program at UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin, offers state-of-the-art care for patients with epilepsy or those suspected of having seizures.

 

What is epilepsy?

 

Epilepsy is an electrical disturbance of the brain that results in repeated seizures (abnormal electric signals to the brain). Seizures can last a few seconds or minutes and often consist of convulsions or lost consciousness, sometimes resulting in difficulties with communications and uncharacteristic or disorganized movements.

 

What causes epileptic seizures?

 

The cause of epileptic seizures is often unknown but some sources may include:

  • Brain injury (perhaps caused by trauma or stroke)
  • Drug use
  • Brain tumors
  • Infections

Types of Epilepsy

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