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Epilepsy

Epileptic seizures

Epilepsy is a general term for seizures that start in the brain — find out how our neurologists can help

About

Epilepsy is a general term for seizures (uncontrollable shaking and jerking) that start in the brain. Around 1 in 200 adults are affected by this condition. Epilepsy can be caused by stroke, head injuries and brain tumours. In other cases, it simply runs in the family. If you're concerned you have epilepsy, we can help diagnose and treat it.

Need to know

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    There are different types of seizure. Epileptic seizures start in the brain. They can be caused by stroke, head injuries and brain tumours, as well as infections like meningitis and encephalitis. Epilepsy can also run in the family. The common symptoms of epilepsy are:

    • fits (uncontrollable jerking and shaking)
    • losing awareness
    • passing out
    • collapsing
    • stiffness
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    A diagnosis is often carried out if you've had two or more seizures. It can be difficult to diagnose epilepsy as there is no single test for it. Nevertheless, your HCA UK neurologist will work with you to get to the root of your symptoms. They'll most likely ask you to describe what happened during your previous seizures to find out if anything in particular triggered it. They'll also look into your medical history. If required, they may recommend certain diagnostic tests, like an electroencephalogram (EEG), to assess the electrical activity in your brain.
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    Your neurologist will discuss your treatment options with you. This might include prescribing anti-epileptic drugs to help manage the symptoms of your seizures. In other cases, your neurologist may recommend surgery to remove the part of your brain which is causing your epilepsy.
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Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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