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Can epilepsy exist without a loss of consciousness?

Can epilepsy exist without a loss of consciousness?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures. Per Mayo Clinic "Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of ...Read more


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Can an EEG test evaluate my 10 month son for epilepsy, after an episode: loss of his consciousness,bend back of his body, stiffness.Is EEG enough?

Can an EEG test evaluate my 10 month son for epilepsy, after an episode: loss of his consciousness,bend back of his body, stiffness.Is EEG enough?

Hard to say: All tests have limitations and diagnosis rests on the full evaluation of history,exam and these tests.A kid can have a normal EEG but have a seizure disorder,they can have an "abnormal"EEG & not have a seizure disorder.The EEG features are actually different in small kids from adults, so having it read by someone well versed in kid studies is important.This might have been a breath holding spell ...Read more

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Can an ECG test evaluate my 10 month son for epilepsy, after an episode: loss of his consciousness,bend back of his body, stiffness.Is ECG enough?

Can an ECG test evaluate my 10 month son for epilepsy, after an episode: loss of  his consciousness,bend back of his body, stiffness.Is ECG enough?

Doctor can evaluate: An ECG is a heart rhythm test, not an epilepsy test. Some patients with arrhythmias do get episodic spells due to blood not reaching the brain during an irregular heart rhythm. One spell does not equal epilepsy. Some babies and toddlers (age range 6 months to 5 years) can have a seizure, usually at the start of a febrile illness. No special tests are needed for a single simple febrile seizure. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between coma and loss of consciousness?

Is there a difference between coma and loss of consciousness?

Continuum: Coma is the deepest form of loss of consciousness (loc), in which no responsiveness to the external environment exists. This can be reversible. Technically a concussion with loc means a momentary coma has occurred but the term is rarely used in that circumstance. Simple loc means loss of awareness to some external stimuli with preserved responsiveness to noxious stimuli. ...Read more

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Do convulsions have to be accompanied by loss of consciousness in order to be considered "convulsions"?

Do convulsions have to be accompanied by loss of consciousness in order to be considered "convulsions"?

No: you can have convulsions and not lose consciousness if the seizure phenomenon causing the convulsions doesn't spread to an area of the brain altering consciousness. Are you being treated? ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if I have loss of consciousness?

Yes: Definitely not normal and need to be evaluated by the er, cardiologists, neurologists or primary care physicians. Noone should experience loss of consciousness. ...Read more

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What could cause a sudden loss of consciousness while getting a massage?

What could cause a sudden loss of consciousness while getting a massage?

Tough one: That's a tough one. I suppose if the massage therapist over extended your neck backward and you had some decreased flow to the brain due to narrowed arteries, you might pass out. Otherwise i cannot think of another good reason. ...Read more

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Which is more life threatening, choking or loss of consciousness?

Which is more life threatening, choking or loss of consciousness?

Can't decide: Both can be life threatening; loss of consciousness during choking is a progression nearer to death. Loss of consciousness can ocurr in many cases and reasons and is always serious. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get loss of consciousness off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get loss of consciousness off and on?

Lost consciousness: If you had real loss of consciousness then i hope you are under the care of a physician. If you had more than one episode of sudden loss of consciousness then you need a full work up. Are those caused by seizures, or by a cardiac arrhythmia, aortic stenosis or tias, medication effect, or just fear. Get a neurologist & cardiac evaluation or at least go to your pcp. ...Read more

Dr. Rajiva Goyal
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Syncope (Definition)

Loss of consciousness and postural tone caused by diminished cerebral blood flow. Syncope may indicate a particular medical condition, however often it may occur in an otherwise healthy individual. It is a common problem, accounting for 3% ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more