Kelly Osbourne’s Seizure May Be Epilepsy: 5 Things to Know About the Illness

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Kelly Osbourne and Sharon OsbourneLast week was scary for Kelly Osbourne and her family, to say the least. While filming an episode of E!'s Fashion Police, she suffered a 30-second seizure and was rushed to the hospital. Since then, the 28-year-old tweeted that her life has been like one giant episode of House. Her rep confirms that there's no diagnosis, she's under a doctor's care, and they are continuing to run tests.

Eeeek. Sounds a little disconcerting. A close family friend tells Us that her seizure could have resulted from an allergic reaction or even epilepsy. Well that's a little nerve wracking. It's inevitable to wonder: Could I have epilepsy and just not know it? Get all the facts, here:

1. What is it? Epilepsy is a brain disorder where a person has repeated seizures, or convulsions, over time.

2. Why do the seizures occur? The seizures occur when brain activity has been disturbed. This causes a change in your behavior and attention.

3. How can you test for epilepsy? There are many different tests, including an epilepsy EEG test, which examines electrical signals from the brain, or a Positron Emission Tomography (or PET) scan, which may be used to locate the part of the brain that is causing seizures. There are also blood tests and a spinal tap (otherwise known as lumbar puncture) that withdraws fluids surrounding the spinal cord to be examined in a lab.

4. What changes when you're diagnosed with epilepsy? You may not be able to do some of the things you could do before because of your risk for seizures, like driving a car or taking baths.

5. Is there a cure? No. But you can control it with various antiepileptic medications.

Do you or someone you know live with epilepsy? How has it changed your life?

 

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