What is Engel Class 1?
The Engel classification system is as follows: Class 1 – Free of disabling seizures (completely seizure free; nondisabling, simple partial seizures only; some disabling seizures, but free of disabling seizures for at least 2 years; generalized convulsion with antiepileptic drug withdrawal only)
What are disabling seizures?
A “disabling seizure” is subjective and can vary in definition from person to person. While one epileptic experiencing a seizure when driving a car may find the seizure “disabling,” the same magnitude of seizure may be interpreted as mild, and thus “nondisabling,” by an epileptic resting in bed.
Can surgery cure seizures?
Epilepsy surgery is a procedure that removes an area of the brain where seizures occur. Epilepsy surgery is most effective when seizures always occur in a single location in the brain.
What is poorly controlled epilepsy?
We characterize poorly controlled epilepsy as a lack of seizure freedom despite previous or ongoing treatment with medications, measured by at least one seizure in the prior year in someone with epilepsy.
Can a person with seizures get disability?
Adults with epilepsy may be eligible for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI, for those who paid taxes into the Social Security system) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI, for low-income people). To qualify for either SSI or SSDI, epileptic seizures have to occur regularly (see below).
Is epilepsy considered a permanent disability?
Even when on medication people with epilepsy can experience seizures that leave the worn out and unable to function for days. If you have been diagnosed with epilepsy and you can’t work and you expect to be unable to work for at least 12 months you can file a claim for Social Security disability benefits.
How successful is surgery for epilepsy?
How successful is epilepsy surgery? Around 70% of people (7 in 10 people) who have temporal lobe surgery find that the surgery stops their seizures and they become seizure-free, and for a further 20% (1 in 5 people) their seizures are reduced.
What are good jobs for epileptics?
People with epilepsy are successfully employed in a variety of jobs that might be considered high-risk: police officer, firefighter, welder, butcher, construction worker, etc.