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how often do atonic seizures have to occur for it to be epilepsy?

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Dr. Gamal Boutros
38 years experience Neurology
No magic number: This type of seizure is uncommon, mostly person drop to ground because of loss of tone drop attacks could be atonic, myoclonic or other kind of seizures having said that--atonic seizures are characteristic of certain epileptic syndromes.
Answered on Jan 20, 2020
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Dr. Andrew Reeves
29 years experience Neurology
Recurrent...>1: The definition of epilepsy being "recurrent, unprovoked seizures," having two seizures not provoked by a severely abnormal physical/chemical state would constitute epilepsy.
Answered on Jan 20, 2020
Dr. Olav Jaren
18 years experience Neurology
Epilepsy definition: Epilepsy- the condition of two or more unprovoked seizures. So two seizures would support epilepsy. Atonic seizures are very rare, and they tend to affect people with syndromes that would probably not ask this question- because they have other kinds of seizures too.
Answered on Jan 20, 2020

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