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Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Overview)

Convulsion = violent, involuntary contraction(s) of the muscles which may occur due to a medical illness.


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Is monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?

Is monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?

No: Juvenile moloclonal epilepsy is a generalized epilepsy, which occurs in the age group from 12-16yo. Grand mal seizures are usually generalized type of seizures and has two phases. In the tonic phase, loss of conciousness occurs and muscle contraction causes the person to fall down. The clonic phase is the rhythmic contraction of muscles, alternating b/w flexion and relaxation. Thanks. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Overview)

Convulsion = violent, involuntary contraction(s) of the muscles which may occur due to a medical illness.


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Whats a non-epileptic seizure?

Whats a non-epileptic seizure?

Stress: A nonepileptic seizure is a movement that looks like a seizure, but has no change on the brain wave study (eeg). A combination of various stressors like school, home, etc. Can do this. Many patients will say they don't feel stressed, but this can be something underneath. Some patients can have both epileptic and nonepileptic seizures. ...Read more

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What is tonic-clonic seizure?

Full body convulsion: Involves both arms/legs with loss of consciousness. Tonic phase is stiffness; clonic phase involves jerking of arms/legs. Associated with tongue biting/loss of urine. May be due to genetic factors (involves both sides of brain at onset) or acquired factors (e.g. Stroke, but others) (starts in one place of brain and spreads). Usually lasts up to 90 seconds. Very treatable. ...Read more

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What is petit mal epilepsy?

Petit mal: Petit mal (Fr. 'little illness) or absence seizures are forms which are characterized by a brief alteration of consciousness, and usually not followed by the post-ictal phase (sleepiness). It can appear as if the person is 'staring into space' and can be quite subtle. ...Read more

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What could it mean if my brother keeps getting convulsions?

What could it mean if my brother keeps getting convulsions?

Needs HELP: Repetitive convulsions are dangerous, due to both brain damage, and risk to bodily harm in general. There is an underlying reason for him to have what could be full blown epilepsy, and the risk of permanent disability and/or death is real. He could even die in his sleep (sudep). He needs a full neurological evaluation asap. ...Read more

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Are myclonic jerks actually seizures?

Are myclonic jerks actually seizures?

Myoclonic jerks: There is a type of seizure called myoclonic, or myoclonic jerks. These are a feature of myoclonic epilepsy. These feel like a brief episode of shaking. They may occur in the morning time more often than other times. Sleep deprivation may make them more noticeable. ...Read more

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Are tonic clonic seizures only a symptom of epilepsy?

Epilepsy: is by definition recurrent unprovoked seizures. Recurrent provoked seizures are seen on occasion (for example the alcoholic who uses up his SSI monthly stipend who presents to the ER with alcohol withdrawal seizures on the 29th of the month) GTC seizures can occur for many reasons (taking too much Ultram, caffeine, cocaine, hypomagnesemia, hyponatremia, hypocalcemia, withdrawal from Benzodiazepine ...Read more

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I get bad thoughts that lead to convulsions, should I be worried?

I get bad thoughts that lead to convulsions, should I be worried?

Auras: Some seizures start focally and then generalize, and sounds like yours are similar. If you do have true epilepsy, you need to get this under control asap. See a neurologist and get medications arranged to prevent your convulsions. This could be potentially risky and even life-threatening. ...Read more

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Do grand mal seizures cause death?

Yes, it's possible: Seizures have been associated with sudden death in epilepsy. It's called sudep. It happens rarely. The risk factors are convulsions in sleep, low levels of medication in your blood. It is not clear if it is causes by problems with the heart rhythm or if it due to fluid in the lungs. ...Read more

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Can a grand mal seizure cause death?

Can a grand mal seizure cause death?

Yes: Epilepsy needs to be treated, with either anti-epileptic meds, vagal nerve stimulator, surgery or all of the above. Sudep is death during sleep, seizure while driving or at heights can be deadly. While aspiration and suffocation quite rare, if it happens, it can be deadly. Got the picture, always try to prevent future seizures. ...Read more

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What are tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures?

What are tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures?

Whole lotta shaking: As jerry lee lewis says. Grand mal seizures are the kind of seizure that most people think of: people pass out, and their muscles contract violently. It usually lasts less than 5 minutes. Sometimes people have only 1 seizure & never have it again. Sometimes people have more than 1 seizure & need to take medicine to prevent them. ...Read more

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My fresh grad nephew is newly hired in a grave shift job. yesterday he came from work and had convulsion for the 1st time. cause & treatment please?

Sleep deprivation: It is possible that sleep deprivation has triggered the seizure. At his age, the chance of recurrence is about 50%. He should have a thorough evaluation by a neurologist. ...Read more

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Epilepsy or syncope?

Epilepsy or syncope?

Common dilema: Whether an event is a seizure or syncope is a common question. You have had part of an evaluation for epilepsy. What needs to be done is see a cardiologist and have a tilt table study for syncope. ...Read more

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Is Petit mal dangerous?

It depends: Any seizures are dangerous. Petit mal means absence of activities. If you are driving or playing with machine and develop petit mal, you will not be able to respond with it, then it will be dangerous. ...Read more

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Right ear can't hear since i was small my mother said it ruptured when i had convulsion.Im 29 now & pus still coming out.Is this had a chance to cure?

See an ENT: I agree with the other md. See an ENT doctor. Drainage from the ear is not normal. The ENT doctor can evaluate for a continued hole in the ear drum and treat the infection (drainage). You also want to rule out other problems like a cholesteatoma (skin ingrowth into the middle ear) which can lead to long term problems. ...Read more

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Could juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Could : Most folks with jme respond well to modest doses of depakote, but a small percentage have difficult-to-control seizures. It might seem like it gets worse after the first convulsion simply because the convulsions don't come under control. ...Read more

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Is a febrile seizure followed by a non-febrile seizure?

Little risk: there is no increase in epilepsy risk after a single febrile seizure. Even with multiple simple febrile seizures the risk goes from 1/2 to 1 percent. ...Read more

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Rfractory seizures in meningoencephalitis not responding to 4 anti convulsion drugs, like midazolam, levitricetum, eptoin and gardinal, what next?

Doubt meds will work: After 3 or 4 drugs, the chance of success is below 4-5% at best, and unless you have some metabolic imbalance, you should consider a more aggressive approach such as a vagal nerve stimulator or even a surgical procedure. Get evaluation at a local medical school and see what might be available for you. ...Read more

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