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West Kentucky Epilepsy Center - Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Seizure?
A seizure is the result of a sudden burst of excess electrical activity in the brain. This causes the brainís messages to become temporarily halted or mixed up. The type of seizure a person has depends on the area of the brain where this activity occurs.
 
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is currently defined as a tendency to have recurrent seizures (sometimes called fits). A seizure is caused by a sudden burst of excess electrical activity in the brain, causing a temporary disruption in the normal message passing between brain cells. This disruption results in the brainís messages becoming halted or mixed up. The brain is responsible for all the functions of your body, so what you experience during a seizure will depend on where in your brain the epileptic activity begins and how widely and rapidly it spreads. For this reason, there are many different types of seizures and each person will experience epilepsy in a way that is unique to them.
 
What is an EEG? 
An EEG measures the electrical activity of the brain, often referred to as brain waves.  
 
How is the Test Done?
Your technologist will measure and mark your head with a wax pen to find the precise places for several wired metal disks (electrodes) to be attached to your head.  Each spot will be cleaned with a special toothpaste-like substance and the electrodes will be applied with a small amount of cream and then glued with a medical-grade adhesive to hold them in place. You will be made as comfortable as possible. The wires are attached to a recording machine, which will measure and record the electrical activity of your brain. Video and audio recording will be collected throughout the length of your study. 
 
What Preparation is Needed?

  • Freshly shampooed, dry hair with no hair spray, braids, cream, or oil on your scalp is required. 
  • Please take all of your prescribed medications unless your physician has ordered otherwise. 
  • Bring all current medications.
  • Please bring button-up shirts. If you do not have one available, hospital gowns will be provided.
  • For infants and children, please bring bottles, blankets, diapers and any other items that may comfort your child.
 
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