Epilepsy is defined as a diverse set of neurological disorders characterized by seizures. These seizures occur due to abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Factors that may lead to epilepsy include, but are not limited to, brain trauma, gene mutations, strokes, brain cancer, and extensive drug and alcohol use. Seizures occur due to a large release of glutamate, which causes a spread of excitation throughout the brain, which propagates the electrical signal and can lead to neuronal death. Absence epilepsy is characterized by the occurrence of an absence seizure, which is a very brief impairment of consciousness and spike-and-slow-wave complexes on EEGs. Mutations in CACNA1H are the main causes of this disease. The patient is usually a child, and appears to go blank (absent) for a few moments before returning to normal. About 50 million people have epilepsy, with 80% of that population located in developing countries. It is possible to control epilepsy with medicine, but many cases may require surgery in order to relieve symptoms.
Absence Epilepsy Bioinformatics Tool
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