What Causes Epilepsy (Seizure Disorder)?

Watch Gayatri Devi, MD, director of New York Memory and Healthy Aging Services, explain what is happening in the brain when a person has epilepsy, a seizure disorder caused by the misfiring of nerve cells.

Medically reviewed in February 2020.

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