Epilepsy

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Yale Medicine's Epilepsy & Seizure Center is internationally known for expert treatment of complex, challenging cases.
  • An innovative approach to brain surgery for people who aren't helped by medication was developed at Yale.
  • At Yale Medicine, people with epilepsy have access to clinical trials offering innovative new treatments not widely available elsewhere.

More common than you might realize, epilepsy affects one in every 26 Americans. Seizures are caused by an interruption to the brain’s normal electrical activity. While these interruptions are sometimes linked to a tumor or brain injury, there's no apparent cause for about 70 percent of epilepsy cases. Luckily, with proper treatment and prevention, most people with epilepsy can achieve the same quality of life they had before their diagnosis. Yale Medicine is home to some of the world's leading specialists in the treatment of epilepsy.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.