What Causes Epilepsy?

Anna Rosati, Renzo Guerrini

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Abstract

The potential causes of epilepsy are many and varied. Seizures often result from both genetic and acquired influences and provoking factors. Most epilepsies are classified as idiopathic, symptomatic, or provoked, according to the predominant cause. The causes of epilepsy differ by age. In children and adolescents, epilepsy is more often genetically determined; causes depend on the age of onset and whether cognitive impairment is present. Epilepsy with onset in adulthood results mainly from acquired structural causes. At every age, the cause of epilepsy is unknown for about half of the individuals. The accurate characterization of epilepsy etiology has practical implications for both prognosis and treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEpilepsy
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Pages15-27
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781118456989, 9781118456941
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 17 2014

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Keywords

  • Causes
  • Cryptogenic epilepsy
  • Etiology
  • Idiopathic epilepsy
  • Provoked epilepsy
  • Seizures
  • Symptomatic epilepsy

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  • Medicine(all)

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Rosati, A., & Guerrini, R. (2014). What Causes Epilepsy? In Epilepsy (pp. 15-27). Wiley Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118456989.ch3

What Causes Epilepsy? / Rosati, Anna; Guerrini, Renzo.

Epilepsy. Wiley Blackwell, 2014. p. 15-27.

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Rosati, A & Guerrini, R 2014, What Causes Epilepsy? in Epilepsy. Wiley Blackwell, pp. 15-27. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118456989.ch3
Rosati A, Guerrini R. What Causes Epilepsy? In Epilepsy. Wiley Blackwell. 2014. p. 15-27 https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118456989.ch3
Rosati, Anna ; Guerrini, Renzo. / What Causes Epilepsy?. Epilepsy. Wiley Blackwell, 2014. pp. 15-27
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