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During November Cook Children's Neurosciences department will be educating families and staff about epilepsy and seizures. We will be distributing the Get Seizure Smart quiz, educational materials, purple ribbons and bracelets to show support of this important cause.
Take the Get Seizure Smart quiz at www.GetSeizureSmart.org
Epilepsy is a condition that causes seizures and is known as a seizure disorder. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, a seizure happens when a brief, strong electrical surge of activity affects part or all of the brain. Seizures can last different lengths of time and can have a variety of symptoms ranging from blank stares to jerking movements and convulsions or even loss of consciousness. Epilepsy can develop at any age and can be caused by variety of factors including genetics, stroke or head injury, but in many cases the cause is unknown.
SUDEP is an abbreviation for Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy. It is a definition used for epilepsy patients who pass away suddenly without any other apparent cause. SUDEP has been estimated to account for 15-20% of cases of death in people with epilepsy. The best way to prevent SUDEP is to maintain the best possible seizure control.
Here are some suggestions on how you and your family can be involved in Epilepsy Awareness Month:
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