Paediatric Epilepsy Nurse Specialist
What is epilepsy?
- Epilepsy is the tendency to have recurrent seizures that start in the brain.
- The brain uses electrical signals passing between neurones to send messages. Our brain is the ‘controlcentre’.
- Interruption to these messages or a build up of electrical signals can lead to a seizure.
- What an individual experiences during a seizure will depend on where in the brain the epileptic activity begins and how widely and rapidly it spreads.
Treatment of epilepsy
- First line treatment for epilepsy is anti-epileptic medication
- Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) are prescribed to stop seizures occuring.
- AEDs are not a cure for epilepsy.
- There are over 20 different medications, which come in tablets, capsules, liquids, syrups, sprinkles.
- Other treatments include:Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)
- Ketogenic Diet
- Complimentary medicine
Who to contact
Where to go
- Children’s Services Care Management Centre
Truro Health Park
- TR1 2JA