Steven C. Schachter MD


Epilepsy: Atonic Seizures

An atonic seizure is a sudden loss of muscle tone in the muscles that hold the body and head upright. The seizure occurs without warning and usually causes the person to fall down. Some atonic seizures may be more limited, only causing the person’s head to drop for a moment. Atonic seizures are fairly uncommon and occur…

Seizure MRI

Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho. All rights reserved. Top views of the brain show normal tissue (see figure 1) and abnormal tissue (from an injury) that causes seizures (see figure 2).

Status Epilepticus

Status epilepticus is a prolonged seizure that can cause brain damage and sometimes death. Head injury, drug overdose or withdrawal, stroke, brain tumor, infection, or seizure disorders are common causes of status epilepticus. It occurs when: A seizure lasts more than 30 minutes. Two or more seizures occur in rapid…

Epilepsy and Driving

If you have seizures that alter your awareness, consciousness, or muscle control, you may not have the legal right to drive. Laws vary from state to state, but in many cases you have to be seizure-free for at least 6 months to 1 year before you can get a driver’s license. The laws of the state you live in, not your…