Epilepsy affects the brain, causing repeated and uncontrollable surges of electrical activity resulting in alteration in brain function and, ultimately, seizures. Having a seizure does not necessarily mean a child has epilepsy and sometimes these seizures can be one-offs. Epilepsy can start at any age, but it is more prevalent amongst children and the elderly.
There are many different types of seizures to consider:
- The most well-known is a subtype called a Tonic-clonic seizure. This starts with loss of consciousness, followed by the body becoming stiff and then ‘seizing’ or jerking. It is also typical for tongue biting or loss of bladder control.
- Absence seizures, most commonly starting during childhood, entail a loss of expression, staring, unresponsiveness and sudden stopping of any current activity. Sometimes eye blinking can be noticed. The recovery is immediate and the child often has no recollection of the seizures.
- Focal seizures begin in one part of the brain and affect the part of the body controlled by this area. This often results in unusual movements or sensations and behaviours.
GlobMed continues to work hard to find the very best in neuro-paediatrics ensuring you and your child get access to the highest quality care. We have specialists that can help in initial diagnosis, continued treatment or novel treatments in uncontrolled epilepsy.
Treatment usually requires a multi-faceted approach with anti-epileptic medication (AED) and other treatment, helping to identify any causative and exacerbating factors.
We can arrange consultations to discuss the effect epilepsy has on your life and the impact a diagnosis can have, helping you manage each day. In addition, our network has access to state-of-the-art MRI and CT scanners and world-class testing labs encompassing pathology and genetic labs.