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Hereditary Influences on Epileptic Conditions

  • Steven G. Vandenberg
  • Sandra Manes Singer
  • David L. Pauls

Abstract

Epileptic attacks are thought to be due to the synchronous discharge of a very large number of brain cells. A seizure occurs when enough cells have been recruited to disrupt the normal, patterned, asynchronous activity in the brain that underlies the organized mental and motor behavior of an intact individual. On the basis of this theory, treatment in some severe cases has been to cut the corpus callosum (the connection between the two hemispheres) to prevent the spreading buildup (or recruitment) from one side of the brain to the other.

Keywords

Partial Seizure Brain Damage Febrile Convulsion Audiogenic Seizure Myoclonic Seizure 
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Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven G. Vandenberg
    • 1
  • Sandra Manes Singer
    • 2
  • David L. Pauls
    • 3
  1. 1.University of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.University of Southern IndianaEvansvilleUSA
  3. 3.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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