Epilepsy and Seizures

Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Brochure on Seizures

Local Epilepsy Resources

The Epilepsy Center
(951) 281-9892
www.theepilepsycenter.org
Provides services to people living in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties dealing with epilepsy.  Offers free services such as resources, support, advocacy, epilepsy educational classes, and more.

Epilepsy Education Everywhere
Moreno Valley
www.epilepsyed.org
(951) 892-5265
A local nonprofit organization dedicated to raising epilepsy awareness and education among the general public. Their mission is to help people with epilepsy by educating the public about epilepsy, including proper procedures when a seizure occurs; by showing the historic progress of people with epilepsy; and encouraging people with epilepsy to persevere.

Loma Linda University Epilepsy Center
11234 Anderson St., Loma Linda, CA 92354
877-558-6248
https://lluh.org/neurology/our-services/epilepsy-center
Leading center for epilepsy care in Southeastern California.  Only medical facility in the region with the highest-level designation from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.  Education events on epilepsy so patients and caregivers can meet and learn from experts about advances in diagnosis and treatment, diet therapies, new devices and safety. Our goal is to help you or your loved one enjoy a full, productive life by helping to manage epilepsy and its symptoms

It is estimated that around 30 percent  of people with autism develop epilepsy, some in early childhood and others as they go through hormone level changes in puberty.

Like autism, epilepsy exists on a spectrum. Severity varies widely. In addition, experts now distinguish seizures by where they begin in the brain. This is important because it affects the choice of seizure medication, the potential benefit of epilepsy surgery, future outcomes and possible causes.

Suspicion of seizures warrants prompt evaluation by a neurologist. The neurologist may order an electroencephalogram (EEG). An EEG is a noninvasive process that involves placing electrodes on the head to monitor activity in the brain. By analyzing EEG patterns, neurologist can identify seizures and other altered brain activity of concern.

Treating epilepsy in patients who have autism follows the same principles as treatment of epilepsy in other people. Typically, the doctor usually selects an anti-epileptic medication based on several considerations such as the type and severity of seizures and their associated EEG patterns. These drugs do not cure epilepsy. In most cases, however, they can prevent or minimize seizures.

 

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