Some seizures are barely noticeable, while others cause uncontrollable movements and loss of consciousness. If you have a seizure of any kind, visit Las Vegas Neurology Center, conveniently located in the Medical District of Las Vegas, Nevada. The practice’s board-certified neurologists specialize in diagnosing and treating seizures and epilepsy. Patients may also be able to participate in clinical trials for new treatments. Call Las Vegas Neurology Center for fast, effective care, or book an appointment online today.
Seizures are sudden, involuntary electrical activity bursts in the brain that can cause changes in your behavior, feelings, movement, and consciousness. You might experience various symptoms, such as:
Seizures usually last between 30 and 120 seconds — seizures lasting longer than five minutes constitute a medical emergency.
Seizures may be focal, generalized, or of unknown onset, depending on where they originate in your brain. Focal seizures come from one area of the brain. Generalized seizures involve the entire brain. Different types include:
Tonic-clonic seizures are the most dramatic kind. You might suddenly lose consciousness, and your body stiffens and shakes, sometimes violently. Tonic-clonic seizures can cause loss of bladder control or make you bite your tongue.
Seizures can occur after you suffer a stroke or head injury. Infections like meningitis and other illnesses that cause fevers can trigger a seizure. Drug or alcohol misuse may also cause seizures. Often, the cause of seizures is unclear.
If you experience two or more seizures with no less than 24 hours between them and the cause is unknown, you’ll likely have an epilepsy diagnosis.
If you have a single seizure, treating the underlying cause prevents another — for example, reducing your temperature if a fever causes a seizure. If you receive an epilepsy diagnosis, Las Vegas Neurology Center offers anti-seizure medications and specialized treatments like:
Stimulating the vagus nerve in your neck with a device implanted under your skin can prevent seizures.
Neurostimulation involves implanting a device on your brain’s surface or within the tissue. It detects seizure activity and stops it with electrical stimulation.
DBS is similar to responsive neurostimulation, but you have electrodes in your brain and a pacemaker-like device implanted under your skin to control the electrical stimulation.
Call Las Vegas Neurology Center if you suffer a seizure or schedule a consultation online today.