Epilepsy Specialist

Raafat Iskander, MD -  - Board Certified Neurologist

St. Marys Neurology Clinic Beverly Hills

Raafat Iskander, MD

Board Certified Neurologist & Adult & Pediatric Neurologist located in Beverly Hills, CA

People with epilepsy have recurring, unprovoked seizures. It is one of the most common neurological conditions in the United States and affects children and adults. Raafat Iskander, MD, is an adult and pediatric neurologist who provides expert care for patients with epilepsy at St. Marys Neurology Clinic Beverly Hills. Dr. Iskander aims to help patients with epilepsy become seizure-free. Call the office in Beverly Hills, California, or schedule an epilepsy consultation online today.

Epilepsy Q & A

What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes recurring seizures. Seizures are due to abnormal electrical activity in the brain that cause sudden changes in behavior, like staring or jerking movements. 

With epilepsy, these seizures occur without warning. How these seizures affect behavior varies and may depend on seizure type.

Dr. Iskander is an experienced adult and pediatric neurologist with expertise in treating epilepsy, including people with refractory seizures, which is a type of epilepsy that fails to respond to traditional treatments. 

What are the types of epilepsy seizures?

There are many types of seizures. However, Dr. Iskander classifies seizures into two categories — generalized seizures and focal seizures — based on where the seizure activity occurs.

Generalized seizures

Generalized seizures cause abnormal electrical activity on both sides of the brain at the same time. Tonic-clonic, atonic, and absence are types of generalized seizures. These types describe how seizures affect behavior.  

Tonic-clonic and atonic seizures cause motor symptoms like jerking motions or loss of muscle control, while absence seizures cause staring spells.

Focal seizures 

Focal seizures refer to seizure activity that starts in one area of the brain. People with this type of seizure may be awake and aware during the seizure activity or be fully unaware, confused, or have staring spells. 

How is epilepsy diagnosed?

Dr. Iskander performs and interprets electroencephalograms (EEGs) at the office to diagnose epilepsy and seizure type. During an EEG, Dr. Iskander places electrodes on your skull that monitor and record brain activity.

An EEG may show signs of seizure activity without you having an actual seizure. 

How is epilepsy treated?

Dr. Iskander takes a patient-centered approach to care and customizes treatment for epilepsy based on epilepsy type, seizure activity, and age. He focuses on choosing the right medication, or combination of medications, to keep patients seizure-free. 

Dr. Iskander customizes care to help you become seizure-free. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.