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Overview

Seizures, which are the result of abnormal electrical discharges in an injured or scarred area of the brain, are fairly uncommon in MS. Their incidence has been estimated at 2-5 percent, compared to the estimated 3 percent incidence of seizures in the general population. The reason seizures are more common in people with MS is not completely understood. Seizures are classified into two forms-generalized and focal.

If you are experiencing new symptoms that you think could be seizure activity you need to contact your healthcare provider immediately or go to an emergency room for medical care.

To learn more about the different types of seizures, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Treating seizures

Seizures are usually diagnosed by the clinical history and an electroencephalogram (EEG), which is a recording of electrical activity in the brain. Most seizure disorders can be well controlled by use of the appropriate anticonvulsant medication and continuing medical supervision.

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