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Epilepsy & Seizures Treatment

Is there a cure for seizure disorders?

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  • Seizure disorders, also known as epilepsy, cannot be cured, but some people do become seizure-free over time. Sometimes seizures decrease in frequency or go away completely, especially if the epilepsy is treated with medication or surgery. Epilepsy is a chronic condition, but it can be controlled in many people with effective treatment. About 80 percent of people with epilepsy will be able to control their seizures to some degree with currently available treatments.

  • AAngela Mark, MD, Neurology, answered on behalf of NorthShore University HealthSystem

    There is no one single cure for seizures since seizures are caused by different things. Therefore the chance of a "cure" for seizures is dependent on what one suspects is the cause. For example, if seizures are due to alcohol or benzodiazepine withdrawal one can potentially cure their seizures by detoxing than abstaining from alcohol or benzodiazepines with a doctor’s supervision. If the seizure is caused by a meningioma or blood pushing down on or irritating the surface of the brain, then alleviation of those causes with surgery can potentially cure seizures. The prognosis for any individual's seizure disorder should be discussed on an individual level with their neurologist.

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