Putting the focus on epilepsy

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Epilepsy is considered one of the most common chronic neurological diseases today. According to the WHO data, it affects more than 50 million people worldwide, of which 80% come from developed countries or areas.

From a medical point of view, epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes seizures in our body as a result of erroneous signals sent by our neurons.

These signals can potentially lead to unusual behaviours in patients, as well as generating sudden spasms in different parts of the body, and even causing loss of consciousness of the person concerned.

What can cause this neurological disorder?

This is a difficult question to answer. There are many possible causes for this neurological disease, for example, possible brain injuries. In any event, as with other diseases, there is no cure for epilepsy.

Factors that increase the risk of epileptic seizures

Among the various risk factors that can cause epileptic seizures, are the following:

• Sleep disorders or exhaustion
• Hypoglycaemia (reduced blood sugar levels)
• High fever
• Exposure to flashing/blinking lights
• Menstruation

A device that predicts epileptic seizures 

Fortunately, significant technological advances, whose aim is to improve the quality of life of epileptic patients, continue to be made. And in this case, it is a great help that can anticipate possible attacks, one of the most serious episodes of the disease, which could also lead to sequelae (side effects) in patients.

The good news is that a group of specialists from the University of Melbourne have developed an innovative device, which thanks to electrodes implanted in the skull, detects an unusual electrical activity, and subsequently prevents possible epileptic attacks.

As published in the journal “The Lancet Neurology”, these same electrodes are also connected to a warning system that alerts the patient to the risk of crisis at all times.

Our experts can help you

Diseases such as epilepsy require an accurate diagnosis, close monitoring, as well as treatment which is able to integrate the latest medical advances. The opinion of an expert can make a difference. The Best Doctors database includes experts in 430 sub- specialties such as Dr. Lawrence C. Newman of the Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Medical Center Hospital in New York.

If you have any questions about your diagnosis and you want to have a second opinion from the best medical staff in the world, count on Best Doctors. We will arrange for all your medical tests to be collected and have them passed on to one of the best specialists in your area, so that you can have access to all the information you need.

Do not be left in doubt. You can rely on us.