What are the possible causes of epileptic seizures?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Epileptic seizures are only one manifestation of neurologic or metabolic diseases. Epileptic seizures have many causes, including a genetic predisposition for certain types of seizures, head trauma, stroke, brain tumors, alcohol or drug withdrawal, repeated episodes of metabolic insults, such as hypoglycemia, and other conditions. Epilepsy is a medical disorder marked by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. Therefore, repeated seizures with an identified provocation (eg, alcohol withdrawal) do not constitute epilepsy.


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