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can epilepsy exist without a loss of consciousness?

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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Yes: Yes it can, you may not "pass out" but you will not remember the event. In children these are called "petit mal" seizures or absence seizure. They may appear as staring spells, hence the name.

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A member asked:

If my baby has a seizure does that mean he has epilepsy?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: Epilepsy is a brain disorder involving repeated, spontaneous seizures of any type one seizure is not diagnostic but needs to be evaluated.
CA
A 24-year-old member asked:

Is syncope the same thing as fainting?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Syncope = fainting: Syncope is the medical term for "fainting". Syncope is a temporary loss of consciousness because a person's blood supply to his brain momentarily decreased. The person returns to his usual state of mind quickly after regaining consciousness.
Woodway, TX
A 35-year-old female asked:

Typically how long does it take Depakote to reach full effectiveness in a new patient with non- epileptic seizures. How can you tell that the meds have reached the right level?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
75 hours average: The half-life of Depakote is about 15 hours that means after five half-lives have passed the drug has usually reached a steady state.Right around 75 hours the drug level should be stable. We can check the level of Depakote to know if the patient is in the therapeutic range. This drug is metabolized primarily by the liver so your doctor may want to check several levels to ensure it doesnt rise.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Why did I have a near-syncope episode after giving blood?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Ritota
Dentistry 9 years experience
Be careful: It is common to feel somewhat light headed after donating blood. Everyone reacts differently, but by donating you are briefly compromising your own circulatory effectiveness for a short period of time. It rebounds very quickly.
A 41-year-old member asked:

When a person had a seizure, does it mean he has epilepsy?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Not yet: A single seizure does not epilepsy make! a careful history and neurologic evaluation may determine that it was an incidental event. Recurrent seizures with specific findings on eeg, examination and MRI may lead to a diagnosis of epilepsy. Epilepsy is the clinical condition of a risk for seizures.

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