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An Overview of Epilepsy
An overview of the etiology, symptoms, diagnostic tests and treatments of epilepsy.
# 153639 | 1,184 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Aug 02, 2013 in Medical and Health (Nursing)

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This paper describes the etiology and symptoms of epilepsy and discusses the three main diagnostic tests used in the diagnosis of epilepsy. The paper explores the healing approaches commonly used and reveals that there is no known cure for most types of epilepsy. The paper discusses, however, the ways that have been developed to control the symptoms of epilepsy. Additionally, the paper points out that women with epilepsy can have perfectly healthy children.

Diagnostic Tests
Healing Approaches
Other Information

From the Paper:

"Epilepsy is a disease affecting over two million people in the United States alone (Shannon, 2010). It has many possible causes ranging from brain damage to abnormal brain development (2010). Researchers believe that epilepsy in certain individuals can stem from peculiarly high level of excitatory neurotransmitters or an abnormally low level of inhibitory neurotransmitters (2010). Gamma-aminobutyric-acid, or GABA, is currently one of the most studied inhibitory neurotransmitters in relation to epilepsy (2010). One of GABA's roles involves "presynaptic inhibition at axoaxonic synapses" (Marieb & Hoehn, 2010). If the level of GABA in an individual is repressed by some manner, convulsions could result (2010). The same result can be produced by a lack of GABA binding. Excitatory neurotransmitters such as glutamate are also being examined in epilepsy research (Shannon, 2010)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fisher, et. al. (2005). Epileptic seizures and epilepsy: definitions proposed by the international league against epilepsy and the international bureau for epilepsy. Epilepsia, 46(4), 470-472.
  • Marieb, E., & Hoehn, K. (2010). Human anatomy & physiology San Francisco, CA: Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company.
  • Seizures and neurological disorders of sleep. In (2010). J. Shannon (Ed.), Brain Disorders Sourcebook (pp. 519-540). Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics, IN.
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  • Wilne, A. N. (2003). Epilepsy: 199 answers. (2 ed.). New York, NY: Demos Medical Publishing.

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