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Epilepsy Syndromes

Lobes of the brain

Epilepsy specialists use a variety of factors to classify epilepsy syndromes. The type of seizures is a primary factor, but other factors are also taken into account, including:

  • the age of the child when seizures began
  • family history of seizures
  • associated clinical features
  • EEG pattern
  • neuroimaging studies
  • the likelihood of recovering or worsening

Epileptic seizures are classified as either focal or generalized. Focal seizures take place when abnormal electrical brain activity occurs in one or more areas of one side of the brain. Seizures are classified as generalized seizures when abnormal electrical brain activity occurs on both sides of the brain.

At Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, we treat all types of epilepsy. Below are some of the most common epilepsy types we see in our patients:

Epilepsy Syndromes with Focal Seizures

Epilepsy Syndromes with Generalized Seizures

Epilepsy Syndromes with Mixed Seizure Types

* Febrile Seizures can be either focal or generalized.

Learn more about the types of seizures we treat.

Last Update
July 2, 2012
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