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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the different types of seizures?


Partial Seizures begin in a specific part of the brain.  These include:


Simple Partial - A seizure that does not alter consciousness.  May produce abnormal sensations such as an unpleasant smell, or a motor movement such as jerking of the arm.


Complex Partial - Seizure that alters consciousness causing confusion.


Generalized seizures afffect both hemispheres of the brain.  These include:


Absence - Previously known as petit mal, triggers a short lapse of consiousness.


Atonic - Previously known as a drop attack, causes a complete loss of muscle control and results in collapse.


Myoclonic - Triggers sudden jerking in the muscles, often in the arms and legs.


Tonic-clonic - Triggers a fall to the ground (tonic phase), followed by jerking movements (clonic phase).


Other types of seizures include:


Febrile seizures - Caused by higher fever in young children; does not always lead to epilepsy.


Status epilpticus - Seizures, life-threatening, nonstop seizures; can be either partial or generalized.

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