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BIOL 373: What is Epilepsy?

This resource is here to provide insight into epilepsy and BIOL 373's role in the field of automated epileptiform detection.

Definition of Epilepsy

Clinical Definition of Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a disease of the brain defined by any of the following conditions


  1. At least two unprovoked seizures occurring >24 hours apart

  2. One unprovoked seizure and a probability of further seizures similar to the general recurrence risk (at least 60%) after two unprovoked seizures, occurring over the next 10 years

  3. Diagnosis of an epilepsy syndrome


Epilepsy is considered to be resolved for individuals who had an age-dependent epilepsy syndrome but are now past the applicable age or those who have remained seizure-free for the last 10 years, with no seizure medicines for the last 5 years.

Understanding Seizures and Epilepsy

What is Being Done to Treat Epilepsy?