Epilepsy is a recurrent seizure disorder caused by abnormal electrical discharges from brain cells, often in the cerebral cortex. It is not a distinct disease, it is a group of disorders for which recurrent seizures are the main symptom. Different forms of epilepsy are either secondary to a particular brain abnormality or neurological disorder, or are said to be "idiopathic," without any clear cause.
Normally, nerve transmission in the brain occurs in an orderly way, allowing a smooth flow of electrical activity. A seizure occurs when these neurons generate uncoordinated electrical discharges that spread throughout the brain. This can occur with both normal and abnormal nerve cells.
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We provide outpatient and inpatient consultative services, an inpatient epilepsy-monitoring unit, outpatient video-EEG monitoring with the use of digitrace monitoring systems, brain mapping, epilepsy surgery.
View a list of epilepsy books by Dr. Ettinger.
Patients with epilepsy or related disorders who would like to prepare their information for the doctor, BEFORE their office visit can download our new patient forms.
View current studies being conducted at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.