A Doctor's Perspective on Treating Epilepsy: Cured vs. Controlled

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Imad Najm, MD    

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Receiving that initial epilepsy diagnosis can be extremely difficult for patients to hear. For that reason, I try to take as much time as necessary to answer every question (and those of the family, if they’re present) during that first visit.

Often, one of the first questions I’m asked is if there’s a cure for epilepsy. This question is tricky, and really depends on how you define “cured.” What I can tell them is there’s a very high chance their epilepsy can be controlled with treatment. And by controlled, I mean they will have zero seizures, have a reduced risk for injury, be able to drive, and yes, live a fairly normal life.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by seizures—but it can affect everyone in different ways. Do you know the facts?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 6, 2015

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