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Can a severe electrolyte imbalance cause an epilectic seizure in someone who DOESN'T have epilepsy? And if not then what can cause a seizure?

Can a severe electrolyte imbalance cause an epilectic seizure in someone who DOESN'T have epilepsy? And if not then what can cause a seizure?

Yes: An electrolyte imbalance can cause a seizure. So can many other events that are not epileptic. When someone has a seizure, we first look for other causes before considering epilepsy as the chances for repeat seizures are very low when the cause is treated. If someone has a known seizure disorder, the same things can cause loss of control even when medication has been effective. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more


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Can low progesterone cause absense seizures?

Can low progesterone cause absense seizures?

Some link: There is evidence that some types of seizures are related to a drop in progesterone. These are quite rare and would need to be managed by a neurologist. ...Read more

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Can alprozolam cause seizures in such a low dose?

Can alprozolam cause seizures in such a low dose?

Xanax (alprazolam): Sudden withdrawal after regular high dose use can. ...Read more

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Can low thyroid levels cause grandmal seizure?

Can low thyroid levels cause grandmal seizure?

Typically not: Low thyroid typically causes one to slow down, gain weight, have memory problems, and a number of other symptoms... But not typically seizures. ...Read more

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Can low potassium cause seizures?

Can low potassium cause seizures?

No: Low potassium can cause muscle pain, cramps, weakness, paralysis, and even heart rhythm changes. Extent of symptoms are in part related to severity of drop in levels. ...Read more

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Can low potassium cause a seizure?

Can low potassium cause a seizure?

Sure can: Depends on how low it was--and it can cause muscle weakness, spasm, heart issues as well. Usually needs to be below 3.0 to get your doctor excited. ...Read more

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Can a very low temperature, instead of a fever, cause a seizure in a toddler?

Can a very low temperature, instead of a fever, cause a seizure in a toddler?

Unlikely: In moderate hypothermia, child develops slurred speech, clumsy movements, impaired thinking, and lethargy , a picture of intoxication. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of severely extremely low thyroid to almost not working and can it cause seizures if too low?

What are the symptoms of severely extremely low thyroid to almost not working and can it cause seizures if too low?

Thy: Rare for seizures to be associated with low thyroid function. Usually in severe high function or inflammation of brain associated with it. Extreme fatigue, low metabolism for sure. ...Read more

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I have Crohn's disease which has caused mild metabolic alkalosis due to low electrolytes. Can I safely consume pediaLyte everyday to counteract this?

I have Crohn's disease which has caused mild metabolic alkalosis due to low electrolytes. Can I safely consume pediaLyte everyday to counteract this?

Crohn desease: or inflam bowel disease--here inflamed colon loses its ability to absorb salt and water and potassium excretion in the lumen is decreases so there is metabolic alkalosis due to volume depletion and potassium loss in this case taking pedialyte should not hurt but is poorly absorbed ...Read more

Dr. Frank Holmes
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Electrolytes (Definition)

Electrolytes are substances like sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, hydrogen, ...Read more