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what are the chances of getting a seizure (if you don't have a history of them)?

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Dr. Mark Fisher
Neurology 34 years experience
What an odd notion: There's ALWAYS a first time. EVERYBODY who has a first unprovoked seizure has no previous history of them unless they start having seizures at birth. I may be remembering wrong, but I think ~2% of the population will have at least 1 seizure in their lifetime. If the EEG is normal as it often is, statistics can't predict individual risk for more seizures, which is always either 0% or 100%.

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How can I help someone who is having a seizure?

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What is a seizure?

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What should I consider if there has been only a single seizure?

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Dr. William Goldie
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Normal life.: General rule is that many people will experience only a single seizure in their life. There is often a cause such as toxicity, infection, drug use, injury, etc. If you take good care of your health, recurrent seizures may never occur.
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What do people who have a seizure feel?

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What's absence seizure?

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Phasing out: A seizure involves an episode of abnormal function of the brain associated with abnormal brain electrical activity. If the abnormal function involves just a brief phasing out or lack of awareness, it is referred to as an absence. The eeg recording during the event will define what type of absence as well as duration and portions of the brain involved. A careful description also is important.

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