Steven C. Schachter MD


Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome

Lennox-Gastaut syndrome is a severe form of childhood epilepsy that causes frequent seizures. Several types of seizures are usually present at the same time, including atonic or tonic seizures. These seizures can cause injury. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome may be caused by a variety of brain injuries. Other problems, such as…

Stopping Medicine for Epilepsy

It is easy to understand people’s reasons for wanting to stop medicine. Some reasons are side effects and drug toxicity, the cost and inconvenience of medicine, and, for women who want to have children, the higher risk of birth defects associated with some epilepsy medicines. If you have not had a seizure in several…

Absence Epilepsy

Childhood absence epilepsy develops between ages 4 and 10. It causes very brief absence seizures that may include staring into space, eye fluttering, and slight muscle jerks. Juvenile absence epilepsy develops between ages 10 and 17 and causes similar seizures. Many children with juvenile absence epilepsy have…

Benign Focal Childhood Epilepsy

Benign focal childhood epilepsy is a common form of epilepsy in children, causing seizures that make the muscles all over the body stiffen and jerk. Benign focal childhood epileptic seizures usually occur at night. Benign focal childhood epilepsy has no known cause. But it may run in families. The condition develops in…

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…