Is it possible to completely prevent seizures from recurring?Neurology
My 17 year old girl was diagnosed with epileptic seizures 4 months ago. She experiences fits and seizures every week. She has been started on Keppra, and the doctors are currently adjusting her dosage. I would like to know whether it is possible to completely prevent seizures from recurring?
Not always, every epilepsy patient is different. Sometimes seizures are easy to control, and sonetimes it is not possible to have total control. In general, about 2/3 of people with generalized seizures can be controlled with a single drug. Even after a period of good control, there is no absolute guarantee that the seizures will not recur in future.
approximately 50 - 60% of people diagnosed with epilepsy can become seizure free with after using the first seizure medication tried.
Within this group, many will never have any more seizures.
Here's some factors that may improve the chance of being seizure free in people who are newly diagnosed with seizures:
- Having a good response to the first 1 or 2 seizure medications tried. This means that seizures do not recur and the person is seizure free.
- No brain injury or abnormality
- A normal neurological exam and EEG
- No family history of epilepsy
Hope that helps!