Patient: My nephew recently started having epileptic seizures. He’s 22. Does epilepsy shorten a lifespan? Also will he eventually show other signs of brain problems or trauma?
Doctor: Thank you for your question. If monitored carefully by a neurologist and carefully treated with antiepileptic medication , your nephew can live a very productive normal life, provided there are no other associated illnesses. Brain damage associated with epilepsy is observed in patients who have had severe long standing seizures which have gone untreated. If your nephew is undergoing medical treatment for epilepsy, this is expected to have minimal effect on his brain function.Thank you for consulting AskTheDoctor.com