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What causes epilepsy?

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The cause of epilepsy is unknown in 50% of cases. We know that genetics (family history) play an important role.

Seizures or epilepsy can also be caused by anything that causes damage to the brain, including:

However seizures may not develop for years after the damage to the brain occurs.

Last reviewed: December 2017

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