Epilepsy and Sturge-Weber syndrome

Epilepsy is a condition whereby a person has recurrent epileptic seizures. Seizures occur in up to 90% of people with Sturge-Weber syndrome. Seizures originate in the brain and may result in the sudden change in a persons level of conciousness, behaviour, motor activity and sensation.

Seizures are classified in several ways. The type of seizure a person has depends on where in the brain the seizure originates.

Antiepileptic Medicine
Antiepileptic medicines are also known as anticonvulsants. Such medication does not cure epilepsy, but is used to control seizures. Seizures may need to be controlled in this way. Several may need to be tried before the most effective one or combination is found.

A doctor/specialist will identify the type of epilepsy a person has and the most suitable anticonvulsant medication to help control the seizures. If seizures cannot be controlled by medication, in a few cases surgery to the affected part of the brain can be of value.

Support organisations
Support and information can be of immense value to sufferers and their families. The main Epilepsy Associations in Great Britain and Ireland are:

written by Jill Sheldrake