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.
- Approximately 2.7 million Americans are estimated to have epilepsy.
- More than 45,000 children ages 18 and younger are diagnosed with epilepsy every year.
- Most children with epilepsy lead a healthy and successful life.
- 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.
Become a patient
Cleveland Clinic has one of the largest, most comprehensive programs in the world for the evaluation, medical and surgical treatment of epilepsy in children and adults. Each year, our team sees over 2,000 children with pediatric epilepsy in our outpatient clinics, and evaluates more than 300 children in our dedicated state-of-the-art Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. More than 100 children with severe conditions undergo epilepsy surgery annually, making Cleveland Clinic's Surgical Epilepsy program one of the foremost programs of its kind in the world. We are here to help you and your family.