Seizure Disorders

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BIOGRAPHY:

Special Needs: Seizures Disorders

Best Friend: Lil’ Bud and Andrew

Birthday: Ageless

Hobbies: Playing tag

Favorite Movie: The Sword and the Stone

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Seizures

Seizure Classification:

Focal – Involve only one area of the body.

Generalized – Involving both sides of the brain (Grand Mal)
Absence (Typical or Atypical) Petit Mal

Stiffness or Myoclonic Clonic, tonic, tonic-clonic, and atonic (astatic)

Unclassified

Causes:

  • Acquired Brain Injury is any type of brain damage that happens after birth.  Disease, substance abuse, Cerebral Palsy, infection, or Traumatic Brain Injury can cause this damage.

  • Brain tumors, both benign and malignant

  • Chemical Imbalances occurring in Schizophrenia with abnormalities of Dopamine and Serotonin

  • Drugs – Illicit and some medications

  • Fever – Cancers, Infections, and Endocrine

  • Idiopathic – No known cause

  • Infections – Bacteria, Viruses, Prions, Worms, Protozoa

  • Traumatic Brain injury is due to a blow to the skull or when an object penetrates the skull and enters brain tissue.

Treatment: 

Treat the cause with supportive care and medications.

Traumatic brain injury should be evaluated and treated with therapy inpatient or outpatient therapy.  Adjuvants of Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy, medications, and family/friend support can be helpful.  There are specific hospitals and medical centers that specialize in the treatment of Neurological Brain Injury.  Lists of these centers are:

 

Cleveland Clinic

Northwestern University

Louisiana State University