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What Causes Seizures?

While it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what causes many seizures, a great deal has been learned about this condition. It is understood that a seizure occurs due to disruptions in the brain cells’ (neurons) electrical signals, causing a sudden electrical discharge in the brain that may affect an individual’s sensation, behavior, and/or consciousness. It is also understood that seizures may be partial (occurring in one or more regions of a single side of the brain) or generalized (occurring in both sides of the brain simultaneously).

Diagnosing what causes a specific patient’s seizures involves determining if the seizure is:

  • Unprovoked – Caused by phenomena occurring within the body such as:
  • Congenital defects
  • Genetic factors
  • An infection
  • Neurological problems
  • Chemical imbalances
  • Provoked – Caused by external factors such as:
  • Drug and/or alcohol use
  • Medications
  • Head trauma
  • Brain tumors
  • Stroke
  • Birth trauma

Tampa General Hospital is a leading destination for patients seeking treatment for seizure disorders. As a Level 4 epilepsy center, we provide the highest level of medical and surgical services for individuals experiencing seizures. Our team utilizes the most advanced diagnostic tools to help identify what causes a patient’s seizures and treatment techniques to help produce the best possible outcomes.