Epilepsy Awareness – Know the Facts
Epilepsy is a chronic (long-lasting) medical condition marked by recurrent epileptic seizures. An epileptic seizure is an event of altered brain function caused by abnormal or excessive electrical discharges from brain cells.
- Epilepsy affects up to one percent of the population in the United States.
- There are different types of seizures, different types of epilepsy syndromes, and different causes of epilepsy.
- In general, medicines can control seizures in about 70 percent of epilepsy patients.
- For patients with uncontrollable epilepsy, epilepsy surgery can provide a "cure" for epilepsy, in that it can eliminate the source of seizures and epilepsy.
Epilepsy Patient Resources
Request a free copy of our comprehensive Epilepsy Patient Guide or Epilepsy Surgery Guide for you or a loved one.
For further information, select from our list of free epilepsy related educational brochures and fact sheets.
A number of epilepsy treatment options exist for the control and prevention of further seizures. The nature and severity of a particular epilepsy type would determine which treatment would be most suitable or whether a change in treatment plan to a different type is needed. There are three main categories of epilepsy treatment options:
Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center's Approach to Patient Diagnostics and Care Chart
Epilepsy Center Treatment Outcomes
As a result of Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center’s commitment to the comprehensive care of patients with epilepsy, and our belief that the disease burden extends beyond a “seizure count,” we are integrating various measures of overall health with every outpatient visit.
View our Epilepsy Center Outcomes Book
Epilepsy Video Webcasts
To help you better understand epilepsy and the available treatment options, our Epilepsy Center team has developed a series of epilepsy educational webcasts. The topics range from how to prepare for imaging testing and neuropsychological evaluations to epilepsy surgery and other innovative technologies.
Epilepsy Web Cast Transcripts