Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that can cause brain cells (neurons) produce abnormal electrical discharges or seizures within the brain. These abnormal discharges may spread either to other cells in the area or to more remote areas of the brain, resulting in intermittent disturbance of the brain's normal functions. Brain biochemistry and communication between brain cells change as a result of these episodes. Certain areas of the brain appear to be more prone to seizure activity than are others, including the temporal lobes and motor areas of the cerebral cortex. The symptoms a patient may experience vary depending on where the abnormality is located within the brain and the particular type of seizure that is experienced.
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