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People who died from Epilepsy

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  • Jerry Allen Marks (1948 - 1963)
  • Abraham Andersson (1781 - 1831)
    Suffered from Epilepsy and was referred to as "Weak-minded" Notation at birth; Epilepticus To Nauvo from Vehmaa 1816 Lokalahden seurakunnan arkisto - Rippikirjat 1802-1807, jakso 26, sivu 24: Alhont...
  • Mathias Rakoz (1875 - 1889)
    Note the discrepancy on death date.Krain Township Death Register at Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Minnesota:Page titled: Register of Deaths for the Year [left blank]Entry: 1 [for year 1889] Date ...
  • Mathilda Mariasdotter Nyberg (1834 - 1857)
    seurakunnan arkisto - Rippikirjat 1841-1854 (I Aa:9), jakso 84, sivu 78: Brinkhall; Kansallisarkisto: / Viitattu 28.11.2020Kakskerran seurakunnan arkisto - Rippikirjat 1841-1854 (I Aa:9), jakso 162, si...
  • Ellen Rixford Mason (1906 - 1949)
    died aged 43y; married; housewife; epilepsy; died at N.H. state hospital where she had been for 3 weeks; resident of Winchester, N.H.; burial Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester, N.H.dau of Burton G Willard...

If the person had/has Epilepsy but it is not the primary cause of death, please add them to the following project: People who Suffer from Epileptic Seizures

Epilepsy is a group of neurological diseases characterized by epileptic seizures. Epileptic seizures are episodes that can vary from brief and nearly undetectable to long periods of vigorous shaking. In epilepsy, seizures tend to recur, and have no immediate underlying cause while seizures that occur due to a specific cause are not deemed to represent epilepsy.

The cause of most cases of epilepsy is unknown, although some people develop epilepsy as the result of brain injury, stroke, brain tumors, and substance use disorders. Known genetic mutations are directly linked to only a small proportion of cases. Epileptic seizures are the result of excessive and abnormal cortical nerve cell activity in the brain. The diagnosis typically involves ruling out other conditions that might cause similar symptoms such as fainting. Additionally, making the diagnosis involves determining if any other cause of seizures is present such as alcohol withdrawal or electrolyte problems. This may be done by imaging the brain and performing blood tests. Epilepsy can often be confirmed with an electroencephalogram (EEG), but a normal test does not rule out the condition.

Seizures are controllable with medication in about 70% of cases. In those whose seizures do not respond to medication, then surgery, neurostimulation, or dietary changes may be considered. Not all cases of epilepsy are lifelong, and some people improve to the point that treatment is no longer needed.

About 1% of people worldwide (65 million) have epilepsy, and nearly 80% of cases occur in developing countries. In 2013 it resulted in 116,000 deaths up from 112,000 deaths in 1990. Epilepsy becomes more common as people age. In the developed world, onset of new cases occurs most frequently in infants and the elderly; in the developing world this is in older children and young adults, due to differences in the frequency of the underlying causes. About 5–10% of all people will have an unprovoked seizure by the age of 80, and the chance of experiencing a second seizure is between 40 and 50%. In many areas of the world those with epilepsy either have restrictions placed on their ability to drive or are not permitted to drive, but most are able to return to driving after a period of time without seizures. The word epilepsy is from Ancient Greek: ἐεπιλαμβάνειν "to seize, possess, or afflict".


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