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What are the Treatments for Epilepsy?

 
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For example, a doctor may recommend vagus nerve stimulation, in which a device is implanted under the skin of the chest and sends electrical signals through wires that are wrapped around the vagus nerve. MayoClinic.com stated that this treatment reduces seizures in 20 to 40 percent of patients and controls them in 5 percent of patients.

Side effects are possible, including throat pain, muscle pain and shortness of breath. Another option is the ketogenic diet, which is high in fat and low in carbohydrates. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke noted that studies have found some children on this diet have fewer seizures. But before starting any diets to treat epilepsy, patients should talk to their doctors.

References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Epilepsy. Web. 7 September 2011
http://www.cdc.gov/epilepsy

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Seizures and Epilepsy: Hope Through Research. Web. 7 September 2011
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/epilepsy/detail_epilepsy.htm

MayoClinic.com. Epilepsy: Treatment and Drugs. Web. 7 September 2011
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/epilepsy/DS00342/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs

University of Maryland Medical Center. Epilepsy – Medications. Web. 7 September 2011
http://www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/what_specific_medications_used_epilepsy_000044_7.htm

Reviewed September 8, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg R.N.
Edited by Jody Smith

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