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What are the causes and triggers of epilepsy?

In most cases, the cause of epilepsy is unknown. Other causes of epilepsy include structural abnormalities in the developing brain, brain infections such as meningitis and encephalitis, brain damage, a brain tumor, strokes and dementia. Drug or alcohol abuse can also lead to epilepsy. A person with epilepsy may notice certain triggers. These may range from emotional stress, sleep deprivation, skipping meals, menstruation, alcohol use or withdrawal, and fevers.

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Author: Dr Nikki Wallis PhD, BSc
First answered: 16 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Multiple sclerosis

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