Seizures

A seizure is the physical findings or changes in behavior that occur after an episode of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. The term "seizure" is often used interchangeably with "convulsion." Convulsions are when a person's body shakes rapidly and uncontrollably. During convulsions, the person's muscles contract and relax repeatedly. There are many different types of seizures. Some have mild symptoms and no body shaking.

Doctors + Care Team

James Kryzanski, MD

James Kryzanski, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Chief, Division of Epilepsy Surgery; Co-Chief, Division of Spine Surgery; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurosurgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8585
Fax #: 617-636-7587

Epilepsy neurosurgery, skull base surgery, pituitary surgery, neurovascular surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, neurosurgical disorders in patients with achondroplasia, neurosurgical disorders in patients with Down syndrome

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Joel Oster, MD

Joel Oster, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Director, Level 4 Epilepsy Center; Neurologist
Department(s): Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5848
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Epilepsy, intractable epilepsy, detection of difficult to find possible lesions causing epilepsy, structural and metabolic brain imaging, clinical drug trials for seizure disorders, general neurology, sleep disorders, neurologic/epilepsy intensive monitoring, intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring

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Ju Tang, MD, PhD

Ju Tang, MD, PhD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Program and Pediatric EEG Laboratory; Pediatric Neurologist; Epileptologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5356
Fax #: 617-636-8375

Epilepsy, pediatric neurology

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Neelima R.  Thakur, MD

Neelima R. Thakur, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Epileptologist; Assistant Professor of Neurology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurology, Epilepsy Program
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5848
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Diagnosis, monitoring and management of epilepsy, including Video-EEG (VEEG) monitoring for seizure characterization, antiepileptic medication management, phase 2/Intracranial EEG (icEEG) evaluation and epilepsy surgery evaluation

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Research + Clinical Trials


A Phase 2a, Safety, Tolerability, Pharmacokinetics and Quantitative EEG Study of CX-8998 in Adolescents and Young Adults with Generalized Epileptic Syndromes with Absence Seizures

This is a 9-week, phase 2a, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study in young adults with generalized epileptic syndromes with absence seizures. The primary objective of the study is to determine the safety and tolerability of the study drug, CX-8998.
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Graphic of a laser going through the damaged part of a brain to treat seizures

Lasers now used to treat seizures

Neurosurgeons at Tufts Medical Center are now using a laser to destroy abnormal brain tissue that causes seizures with a procedure called Stereotactic Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy.

Learn more about seizures and this treatment option