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Epilepsy

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Hannah Eddy

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Transcript of Epilepsy

Scans of a Epileptic brain going through seizures
photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
Epilepsy
Patient: Raymond
10- years-old
His parents are recently going through divorce
Attended a party the night before at a friend's house
Went laser tagging
Had little sleep
Symptoms of Raymond
Overly aggressive and angry
Shaking and convulsing
Unpleasant odor
No remembrance of falling to the floor
Overly aggressive and angry:
People with epilepsy tend to become aggressive because that part of the brain that is being affected.

Shaking and convulsing:
He started having a seizure, this happens when your brain emits an abnormal electrical impulses
usually in epileptic people they have sporadic seizures therefore, more proof that he can have epilepsy
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a neurological condition, which affects the nervous system.
Epilepsy is also known as a seizure disorder.
Seizures seen in epilepsy are caused by disturbances in the electrical activity of the brain.
Diagnosis
Diagnosis
People with epilepsy tend to have difficulty remembering things
During a seizure, there is a misfire in your brain causing a loss of memory due to your brain trying to fix the ongoing issue with the actual seizure
• Head trauma
-trauma that occurs due to a car accident or other traumatic injury can cause epilepsy.
• Brain conditions
-Brain conditions such as brain tumors or strokes, also can cause epilepsy. Stroke is a leading cause of epilepsy in adults older than age 35.
• Infectious diseases
-such as meningitis, AIDS and viral encephalitis, can cause epilepsy.
• Prenatal injury
-Before birth, babies are sensitive to brain damage that could be caused by several factors, such as an infection in the mother, poor nutrition or oxygen deficiencies.
• Developmental disorders
-developmental disorders, such as autism and neurofibromatosis

Prognosis
Normal Lifespan
Difficult to control as a child
At the age of 16 higher rate of death
As a child it can cause mental problems


Causes
• What's true for every age, is that the cause is unknown for about half of everyone with epilepsy.
• Children may be born with a defect in the structure of their brain, or they may suffer a head injury or infection that causes their epilepsy.
• Severe head injury is the most common known cause in young adults.
• In middle age, strokes, tumors, and injuries are more frequent.
• In people over 65, stroke is the most common known cause, followed by degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease.

The Suspects
Restrictions

no laser tagging
no places with flashing lights
A designated bed time
Possibly no driving
Limit on television time
No being a pirate for Halloween
Works Cited
"Epilepsy Center: Symptoms, Seizures, Treatments, Causes, and Tests." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2013.
Staff, Mayo Clinic. "Definition." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 31 May 2013. Web. 05 Nov. 2013.
"On Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Awareness Day, Adam Todd Runs with Perseverance and Hope." Epilepsy and Seizure Information for Patients and Health Professionals. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2013.
"Epilepsy (Seizure Disorder) Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment - MedicineNet." MedicineNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2013.
Epileptic Brain Scans
Pediatric Epileptologist
Case #3:
Raymond

By: Hannah Eddy, Jon Gutierrez,
Travis Dixon, Lupita Pino
A medical doctor who specializes in treating patients who are diagnosed with Epilepsy
Pediatric Epileptologist deal specifically with children diagnosed with Epilepsy
Epileptologist can determine the severity of a patient's condition and decide on the best course of treatment.
Pediatric Neurologist
Pediatric neurology is a medical discipline that aims to confront and treat the unique neurological problems associated with children
They provide up-to-date and quality care for children with a wide range of neurological disorders
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