Kenneth K Wogensen, MD
Neurologist located in Arcadia, CA
More than 3 million Americans, including children and adults, suffer from seizures, which are uncontrollable electrical disturbances that occur in the brain. Kenneth K. Wogensen, MD, in Arcadia, California, is an experienced neurologist who specializes in seizure disorders and can provide you with the care you need to help control the condition. For seizure management from a kind and compassionate physician, call the office today or book an appointment online.
Seizures Q & A
What are seizures?
A seizure refers to an uncontrollable electrical malfunction in the brain. During a seizure, you may experience a loss of consciousness or a change in behavior or mood. If you have two or more seizures, you’re considered to have epilepsy.
Your seizure may last anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. If a loved one’s seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes, it’s considered a medical emergency, and you should seek care immediately.
Seizure disorders can be managed with medication, but they may still have a significant impact on your quality of life.
What are the symptoms of seizures?
Seizure symptoms vary depending on the type. Common symptoms that may indicate seizure activity include:
- Staring spells
- Loss of consciousness
- Being unaware of surroundings
- Temporary confusion
- Uncontrollable movements of the arms or legs
You may also experience an emotional disturbance during a seizure.
Seizures are more common than you might think and can occur after a stroke or head injury. If you’re experiencing seizure-like symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Wogensen for an evaluation. He can conduct an electroencephalogram (EEG) to measure brain activity and assess you for seizures.
How are seizures classified?
Dr. Wogensen classifies your seizure based on where the seizure activity occurs. The classifications include:
Focal seizures refer to seizures that occur in one area of your brain. These types of seizures may or may not cause loss of consciousness. A focal seizure can sometimes be mistaken for other health conditions, such as mental illness or migraines.
Generalized seizures refer to seizures that affect the entire brain. There are several different types of generalized seizures, including absence, tonic, and clonic seizures. Each type of generalized seizure causes distinct symptoms. For example, you may experience stiffening of your muscles with a tonic seizure.
To determine how to classify your seizure, Dr. Wogensen conducts a comprehensive evaluation that includes a review of your symptoms, medical history, and special testing, such as an EEG.
How are seizures managed?
Dr. Wogensen works closely with you to develop the most effective treatment plan to control the seizure activity. Anti-seizure medication is most often recommended. But sometimes surgery is needed depending on the severity of your seizures and the impact it has on your life.
For expert care of your seizures from a compassionate physician, call Kenneth K. Wogensen, MD, or request a consultation online.