WHAT CAUSES EPILEPSY?

In general, epilepsy and seizures result from abnormal circuit activity in the brain. Any event ranging from faulty wiring during brain development, brain inflammation, physical injury or infection can lead to seizure and epilepsy. However, in approximately 75% of patients with epilepsy, the cause is unknown, or “idiopathic.”

UNDERLYING CAUSES FOR EPILEPSY INCLUDE:
  • Genetics
  • Brain structure abnormalities
  • Metabolism changes
  • Immune system abnormalities
  • Trauma
  • Stroke
  • Tumors
  • Infectious disease
  • Unknown causes