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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Facts About Epilepsy

A seizure is abnormal, repetitive, simultaneous activity of a group of connected neurons (nerve cells) that usually lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes.  A single seizure does not indicate a diagnosis of epilepsy.

Epileptic seizures may affect consciousness, movement, and sensation, resulting in a wide array of symptoms. The specific symptoms depend on the location in the brain of the nerve cells involved in the seizure activity.

The diagnosis of epilepsy is made when a person has a tendency to have unprovoked or spontaneous seizures.

For additional information please visit American Epilepsy Society website:


Outside Resources

We provide below links to our twitter blog and outside epilepsy related websites.