Neuroscience Institute

Epilepsy

 
Allegheny Health Network specializes in diagnosing epilepsy and providing both medical and surgical treatment in adolescents and adults. We serve as one of the largest regional and international referral centers for epilepsy services in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. 
 
Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes people to have recurring seizures. The seizures happen when clusters of nerve cells, or neurons, in the brain send out the wrong signals. People may have strange sensations and emotions or behave strangely. They may have violent muscle spasms or lose consciousness.
 
Epilepsy has many possible causes, including illness, brain injury and abnormal brain development. In many cases, the cause is unknown.
 
Common causes of epilepsy include:
  • Stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Infections, including brain abscess, meningitis, encephalitis, and AIDS
  • Brain problems that are present at birth (congenital brain defect)
  • Brain injury that occurs during or near birth
  • Metabolism disorders present at birth (such as phenylketonuria)
  • Brain tumor
  • Abnormal blood vessels in the brain
  • Other illness that damage or destroy brain tissue
  • Use of certain medications, including antidepressants, tramadol, cocaine, and amphetamines


Learn more about Epilepsy in our Health Library.

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