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long term effects of grand mal seizures

A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience in Neurology
Cause of seizures?: Typically, if a person is compliant with their medications, gets good followup by their doctor (preferably neurologist), does not have a clear reason ... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience in Neurology
Need much more info: Your question is complex. It's possible that PNES is an additional diagnosis though NEURONTIN does not have a reputation for being a very robust drug ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francine Yep
30 years experience in Family Medicine
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. ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Goldie
47 years experience in Pediatric Neurology
Management: Epilepsy can rarely be cured. But it can be managed. Usually good health habits and an appropriate medication will give control. For some surgery i ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
50 years experience in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Varies: Recovery from a grand mal seizures (post-ictal time) can vvary from minutes to hours or even longer. Grand mal seizures tend to be associated witha lo ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hector Dourron
26 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Depends on response: Patients whose epilepsy is well controlled have a normal lifespan. Their long-term survival rates are lower than average if medications or surgery fai ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
29 years experience in Anesthesiology
See below: This is a difficult question to answer. The concern with seizures is that they greatly increase the brain's metabolism. If there is not much reserve t ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Grand mal Sz.: Grand mal (tonic-clonic) seizure is a subtype of generalized seizures. Other types of generalized seizures are absence seizures (petit mal), myocloni ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Villarasa
48 years experience in Pediatrics
Grand Mal Seizure: Grand mal seizure if not prolonged i.e. Less than 60 seconds will not have any long term sequelae. Status epilepticus (seizures that last greater tha ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
Delayed motor traits: There is usually a delay in motor development milestones. For example may not sit until nine months, stand at12-14 months, walk at18-24 months. Thes ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Soto
25 years experience in Psychiatry
Depends: Most individuals who experience tics in childhood will have them disappear as they grow older. Statistically, 1/3 will outgrow the tics while another ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janice Wiesman
31 years experience in Neurology
No: Neuropathy is not a known side effect of lamictal. Lamictal is sometimes used for the treatment of neuropathic pain, .
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Liesa Harte
28 years experience in Family Medicine
Miscarriages : There really shouldn't be any lasting physical effects. I can imagine the emotional toll could be pretty high a therapist would be a good resource f ... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
Depends on cause: If due to trauma, likely will be unchanged for years. If due to a genetic form of alzheimer's. Will get worse steadily. If due to b-12 def or alcoho ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. William Goldie
47 years experience in Pediatric Neurology
Depends on cause: Seizures are a symptoms of brain dysfunction. Tumor or infection must be ruled out as well as toxic or metabolic cause. If no cause is found, good c ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Mosley
23 years experience in Neurology
No: If truly alcohol induced, abstaining from alcohol should solve the problem, with no need for anti-epileptic drugs. The problem is that sometimes alco ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Writer
15 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: For a variety of reasons.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience in Neurosurgery
Spinal meningitis: Long term effects of spinal meningitis are related to how severe the infection was to the patient. A mild or even moderate infection can leave no long ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Parthiban Munnainathan
7 years experience in Family Medicine
Multiple questions: Hi, Thank you for your question. Depression can be a part of the other problems you suggested but it won't directly cause anything else (maybe insomn ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience in Preventive Medicine
Lifelong: This results in brain hemorrhage and the damage is proprtional to the severity and the site of the bleeding. If severe enough, it could result in deat ... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience in Geriatrics
Trileptal: Check out http://www.drugs.com/trileptal.html for more info on oxcarbazepine (Trileptal).
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Osman Farooq
19 years experience in Pediatric Neurology
Possibly: This depends on multiple factors. It can be a 'chicken and egg' scenario. Is it that the seizure caused the brain damage or the brain damage caused ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience in Neurosurgery
Peti mal seizures: The difference is the petti mal is a more minor seizure lasting typically several seconds. A witness to the event would only see some mild twitching, ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Absolutely.: Opiate abuse affects the seizure threshold and can trigger epilepsy by hypoxic brain injury during periods of apnea from overdose. Another reason to a ... Read More

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