Epilepsy is a common neurological condition that affects more than 3 million Americans.
1.2% of the US population has active epilepsy. This is about 3.4 million people with epilepsy nationwide: 3 million adults and 470,000 children.
The State of Texas reports 292,900 adults and children with active epilepsy.
1 in 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy and
about 1 out of 10 people may have a seizure during his or her lifetime.
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy, which is sometimes called a seizure disorder, is a disorder of the brain.
A person is diagnosed with epilepsy when they have had two or more seizures.
What is a Seizure?
A seizure is a short change in normal brain activity. Seizures are the main sign of epilepsy.
Some seizures can look like staring spells. Other seizures cause a person to fall, shake, and lose awareness of what’s going on around them.
What is an epileptologist?
An epileptologist is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in treating epilepsy and seizures. Epileptologists have extra training and education in diagnosing and managing various kinds of seizures. They have a specific interest in epilepsy and devote most of their time and training to studying the condition.
What is an E.M.U.?
An epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) is a hospital inpatient unit that uses continuous electroencephalography (EEG) and video monitoring to evaluate, diagnose, and treat seizures.