Diseases & Conditions


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Epilepsy


Synonyms of Epilepsy
  • Convulsions
  • Seizures

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Abdominal Epilepsy
  • Akinetic Seizure
  • Epilepsia Procursiva
  • Febrile Seizures
  • Focal Epilepsy
  • Grand Mal Epilepsy
  • Jacksonian Epilepsy
  • Lundborg-Unverricht Disease
  • Major Epilepsy
  • Minor Epilepsy
  • Myoclonic Astatic Petit Mal Epilepsy
  • Myoclonic Progressice Familial Epilepsy
  • Myoclonic Seizure
  • Petit Mal Epilepsy
  • Petit Mal Variant
  • Psychomotor Convulsion
  • Psychomotor Epilepsy
  • Psychomotor Equivalent Epilepsy
  • Pyknoepilepsy
  • Status Epilepticus
  • Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
  • Unverricht-Lundborg-Laf Disease
  • Unverricht Syndrome


General Discussion
Epilepsy is a group of disorders of the central nervous system characterized by repeated convulsive (paroxysomal) electrical disturbances in the brain. The major symptoms may include loss of consciousness, convulsions, spasms, sensory confusion and disturbances in the nerves that control involuntary body functions (autonomic nervous system). Episodes of these symptoms are frequently preceded by an aura. An aura is described as a feeling of uneasiness or sensory discomfort that precedes the onset of a seizure.

Epilepsy may take several different forms including: Grand Mal Epilepsy (Major Epilepsy, Status Epilepticus); Jacksonian Epilepsy (Focal Epilepsy); Myoclonic Progressive Familial Epilepsy (Unverricht Syndrome, Lundborg- Unverricht Disease, Unverricht-Lundborg-Laf Disease); Petit Mal Epilepsy (Minor Epilepsy, Pyknoepilepsy, Akinetic Seizure, Myoclonic seizure); Myoclonic Astatic Petit Mal Epilepsy (Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, Petit Mal Variant); Febrile Seizures; and Psychomotor Epilepsy (Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, Psychomotor Equivalent, Psychomotor Convulsion with Epilepsia Procursiva, Abdominal Epilepsy).
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Organizations related to Epilepsy
  • AED Pregnancy Registry
    149 CNY-MGH East
    Charlestown MA 02129-2000
    Phone #: 617-726-7739
    800 #: 888-233-2334
    e-mail: aedregistry@helix.mgh.harvard.edu
    Home page: http://www.aedpregnancyregistry.org
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    5550 Meadowbrook Drive
    Rolling Meadows IL 60008-3852
    Phone #: 847-378-0500
    800 #: 888-566-2267
    e-mail: info@aans.org
    Home page: http://www.NeurosurgeryToday.org
  • American Epilepsy Society
    342 North Main Street
    West Hartford CT 06117-2507
    Phone #: 860-586-7505
    800 #: --
    e-mail: info@AESnet.org
    Home page: http://www.AESnet.org
  • Epilepsy Canada
    1470 Peel Street
    Quebec None H3A 1T1
    Phone #: 514-845-7855
    800 #: 877-734-0873
    e-mail: epilepsy@epilepsy.ca
    Home page: http://www.epilepsy.ca
  • Epilepsy Foundation
    4351 Garden City Drive
    Landover MD 20785
    Phone #: 301-459-3700
    800 #: 800-332-1000
    e-mail: postmaster@efa.org
    Home page: http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org
  • IDEA League
    PO Box 803338 #18880
    Chicago IL 60680-3338
    Phone #: 312-821-9020
    800 #: 888-402-4332
    e-mail: info@idea-league.org
    Home page: http://www.idea-league.org
  • LGS Foundation, Inc.
    P.O. Box 326
    East Setauket NY 11733
    Phone #: 631-509-0206
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: christina@lgsfoundation.org
    Home page: http://www.lgsfoundation.org
  • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
    150 Custer Court
    Green Bay WI 54301-1243
    Phone #: 920-336-5333
    800 #: 877-336-5333
    e-mail: mums@netnet.net
    Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
  • March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
    1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
    White Plains NY 10605
    Phone #: 914-428-7100
    800 #: 888-663-4637
    e-mail: Askus@marchofdimes.com
    Home page: http://www.marchofdimes.com
  • Matthew?s Friends
    P.O. Box 191
    Surrey None RH8 0WL
    Phone #: 078-8-4-054811
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: enq@matthewsfriends.org
    Home page: http://www.matthewsfriends.org
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
    31 Center Drive
    Bethesda MD 20892-2540
    Phone #: 301-496-5751
    800 #: 800-352-9424
    e-mail: braininfo@ninds.nih.gov
    Home page: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
  • New Horizons Un-Limited, Inc.
    811 East Wisconsin Ave
    Milwaukee WI 53202
    Phone #: 414-299-0124
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: horizons@new-horizons.org
    Home page: http://www.new-horizons.org
  • Organization For Anti-Convulsant Syndrome
    PO Box 772
    Preston Intl PR3 6WW
    Phone #: 012-53 - 790000
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: Janet.oacs@btinternet.com
    Home page: http://www.oacs-uk.co.uk/
  • PHP - Parents Helping Parents, Inc.
    3041 Olcott Street
    Santa Clara CA 95054-3222
    Phone #: 408-727-5775
    800 #: 866-747-4040
    e-mail: info@php.com
    Home page: http://www.php.com



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