Seizures 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

Seizures are abnormal electrical activity in the brain. It’s possible to have a seizure after a brain injury or stroke. However, when you have unexpected, recurring seizures, you may have a seizure disorder. Raafat Iskander, MD, is an adult and pediatric neurologist who diagnoses and treats seizures at St. Marys Neurology Clinic Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, California. To find out more about seizures, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Seizures Q & A

What are seizures?

Seizures are neurological condition that occurs when there’s abnormal electrical activity in the brain. The abnormal activity affects behavior, causing symptoms like staring, confusion, or loss of consciousness.

Seizures are common and may occur from an underlying medical condition like a brain injury, stroke, or an infection. However, seizures that occur spontaneously more than once may be signs of epilepsy.

What are the types of seizures?

Dr. Iskander classifies seizures into types based on the area of the brain affected and the type of symptoms you have. Seizures fall into one of two categories: generalized or focal seizures.

Generalized seizures

Generalized seizures are seizures that cause abnormal electrical activity on both sides of the brain at the same time. These types of seizures may cause various symptoms like staring (absence), jerking (myoclonic), or tonic (body stiffness and falls).

Focal seizures

Focal seizures cause abnormal electrical activity in one area of the brain, which may spread to other areas. Initial symptoms of a focal seizure may include flashes of light or ringing in the ears. As the seizure spreads, other symptoms may appear, like staring or confusion. 

How are seizures diagnosed?

Dr. Iskander has expertise in treating patients with epilepsy. Dr. Iskander’s goal is seizure freedom, even in patients with refractory seizures. When you come in with concerns about seizures for you or your child, Dr. Iskander performs a thorough neurological exam to get you the right diagnosis.

The exam also includes an electroencephalogram (EEG), which is a diagnostic test that assesses electrical activity in your brain. 

Dr. Iskander performs and interprets EEGs to find out what type of epilepsy or seizures you are experiencing, get the right diagnosis, and prescribe the right kind of medication. He can read the EEG report and determine if there’s seizure activity even if you have no seizure during the test. 

How are seizures treated?

St. Marys Neurology Clinic Beverly Hills, Dr. Iskander personalizes your seizure treatment plan based on the seizure type and severity of symptoms. Most patients experience improvement in seizure activity with anti-seizure medications.

Dr. Iskander works closely with you to find the medication that provides the best relief with the fewest side effects.

No matter the type or severity, Dr. Iskander’s goal is to help you or your child become seizure-free.

For expert seizure care from an experienced neurologist, call St. Marys Neurology Clinic Beverly Hills or schedule an appointment online today.