• Home
  • Causes of Epilepsy

Epilepsy Due to Specific Causes



For about half people diagnosed with epilepsy, a specific cause of epilepsy may be found. Knowing the cause can give valuable information on what to expect over time. For example, some causes may be associated with

  • Types of seizures
  • Likelihood of seizures responding to therapy
  • Chance of outgrowing seizures
  • Types of treatments that may work best
  • Other problems or health conditions that may be seen

This section talks about types of epilepsy related to specific causes.

Authored By:

Elaine Wirrell MD

Reviewed By:

Beth Rosen Sheidley MS, CGC


Epilepsy Centers

Epilepsy centers provide you with a team of specialists to help you diagnose your epilepsy and explore treatment options.

Epilepsy Medication

Find in-depth information on anti-seizure medications so you know what to ask your doctor.

Epilepsy and Seizures 24/7 Helpline

Call our Epilepsy and Seizures 24/7 Helpline and talk with an epilepsy information specialist or submit a question online.

Tools & Forms

Download our seizure tracking app, print out seizure action plans, or explore other educational materials.

Find an Epilepsy Specialist

Ready for help? Find an Epilepsy specialist who can help guide you through your epilepsy journey.