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what are atonic seizures?

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Dr. Gamal Boutros
38 years experience Neurology
Loss of tone: Some complex epileptic have drop attacks=fall to the floor because of loss of muscle tone in legs usually have other seizures like tonic= totally stiff or starring spells in same child--or myoclonic seizures like simple jerks of trunk or limb.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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Dr. William Goldie
47 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Loss of tone: Most seizures involve a tonic phase and clonic phase. This is just the reaction of muscles that stiffen and then jerk. In some seizures the muscle lose tone, and the patient falls abruptly unable to move. These may also be called drop attacks. These may occur if with the patient fully aware and unable to control the event, but are usually associated with loss of consciousness.
Answered on Oct 1, 2012

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 years experience Pediatrics
See below: no-: Atonic seizures ( aka drop seizures, akinetic seizures or drop attacks), consist of a brief lapse in muscle tone that are caused by temporary alterati ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Atonic seizure: Atonic seizure =drop seizure = akinetic seizure= a very brief seizure that causes loss of muscle tone or strength.
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Dr. Robert Marvit
56 years experience Psychiatry
Depends: Not in of themselves. It depends on the underlying cause as well as treatment.
A 37-year-old member asked:
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 seizu ... Read More
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