Helpline

07 3435 5000  or

1300 852 853 (Regional Qld)

What Causes Epilepsy

There are many reasons why people have epilepsy. Often it is impossible to define the cause. Some causes include:

  • acquired brain injury
  • loss of oxygen (hypoxia)
  • infections such as encephalitis
  • strokes, tumours or cysts¬†
  • cerebrovascular degeneration in the elderly
  • genetic causes. These may be inherited in the family or they may be caused by a new genetic abnormality that occurs during the earliest stage of foetal development.

For more information on who is more likely to get epilepsy click here.