Why do rapid, simultaneous bursts of brain cell impulses cause a person with epilepsy to have convulsions?

Epilepsy is a condition that affects one out of every 200 people in the United States. In a healthy human, brain cells produce small bursts of impulses in varying patterns. In a person with epilepsy, large numbers of brain cells occasionally send rapid bursts of impulses simultaneously, causing the person to have convulsions.

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  • Deb March 3, 2009, 11:49 pm

    THAT is what causes the convulsion. Epilepsy is a short circuit in the electrical wiring of the brain. (For lack of a more clinical description) When they misfire, you experience a convulsion and when they are working normally, you do not.

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