Who gets epilepsy?
Anyone! People who are at particular risk are those with a family history (but usually only for certain types of epilepsy), birth injury, complicated childhood febrile seizures, developmental delay or other central nervous system disorders, brain tumors, brain infection, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer's Disease, MS, or stroke. Even with the currently available improved testing methods, we still cannot figure out the cause in about half the people with epilepsy. More genes are being discovered.