Our expert says:
Sonja, epilepsy can start at the age of 17, but (like you suspect) it might be due to something else. Anything that takes up space in the brain (tumours, parasites, bone fragments after trauma, etc) can cause convulsions. The same goes for metabolic abnormalities, drugs, infections, genetic disorders and trauma. The problem is that I can’t tell you what the problem is in your case without examining the patient (and probably doing a truck load full of tests) first. The best would be for this person to see a neurologist and have it sorted out. Saying that it isn’t epilepsy when the person clearly had a seizure, just isn’t good enough. They will have to say what it is if it isn’t epilepsy, as having a seizure isn’t something that happens to healthy normal people. Good luck.
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