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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Grand Mal Seizure

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Can you tell me what could cause a grand mal seizure?

Can you tell me what could cause a grand mal seizure?

Multiple causes: The mayo clinic has a good site on this: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/grand-mal-seizure/basics/causes/con-20021356. If you are experiencing seizures, it is recommended you consult a neurologist. Driving can be restricted based in the state you live in, if you are having seizures. Hope that helps to answer your question! ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)

A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...Read more


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Can anyone tell me what can cause a grand mal seizure?

Can anyone tell me what can cause a grand mal seizure?

Multiple causes: The mayo clinic has a good site on this: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/grand-mal-seizure/basics/causes/con-20021356. If you are experiencing seizures, it is recommended you consult a neurologist. Driving can be restricted based in the state you live in, if you are having seizures. Hope that helps to answer your question! ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve cause a grand mal seizure?

Can a pinched nerve cause a grand mal seizure?

Never ever!!: Epilepsy has no relation to "pinched nerves", which is a completely different problem. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a grand mal seizure?

Altered brain signal: Grand mal seizures occur when the electrical activity over the whole surface of the brain becomes abnormally synchronized. In general, seizures are caused by abnormal, rhythmic nerve cell (neuron) activity in the brain. The brain's nerve cells normally communicate with each other by sending electrical and chemical signals across the synapses that connect the cells.This is altered in seizures. ...Read more

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Of the two, which would more likely cause a one time grand mal seizure, venlafaxine or heavy marijuana use?

Of the two, which would more likely cause a one time grand mal seizure, venlafaxine or heavy marijuana use?

Risk: Antidepressants as a class have an inherent risk of seizure to 1% provocatively cannabis has been described as having anticonvulsant properties trans am clin climatol assoc. 1992; 103: 176–181. ...Read more

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Can having a consistent fever between 101 and 103 for 3 months cause you to have a grand Mal seizure?

Needs Work Up: Febrile seizure is usually seen in acute settings and in children. If you have fever for 3 months then you started having a grand mal seizure, I recommend to see a physician immediately for further investigations starting with CT scan of the head and blood tests. ...Read more

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If I have epilepsy which causes grand mal tonic clonic seizures, does that mean i shouldn't have children?

If I have epilepsy which causes grand mal tonic clonic seizures, does that mean i shouldn't have children?

Not necessarily: Partly depends on the cause of your seizures. Speak to your neurologist to determine if you have an epilepsy syndrome that might be inherited. With that information, you can make a decision. there are medications that can be taken during pregnancy that may control your seizures without endangering a fetus. your neurologist should have that information. ...Read more

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Can a grand mal seizure cause death?

Yes: Epilepsy needs to be treated, with either anti-epileptic meds, vagal nerve stimulator, surgery or all of the above. Sudep is death during sleep, seizure while driving or at heights can be deadly. While aspiration and suffocation quite rare, if it happens, it can be deadly. Got the picture, always try to prevent future seizures. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a grand mal seizure cause permanent damage?

Is it possible for a grand mal seizure cause permanent damage?

Yes: Beyond bodily injury from seizing ie. Tongue biting, falls etc. Seizures, especially repeated uncontrolled seizures, can eventually lead to significant brain damage. Seizures that go on for a very long time can also lead to reduced oxygenation and brain injury (fortunately such prolonged seizures are quite rare). ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause an event that looks like a grand mal seizure, but isn't?

Is there anything that can cause an event that looks like a grand mal seizure, but isn't?

Some terminology: Many patients have non-epileptic or pseudo-seizures, which appear like epilepsy but are due to psychiatric issues. On occasion, a fainting spell occurs but a patient does not fully collapse to the floor, and a few epileptic like twitches may be seen. You doctor should help you sort all of this out. ...Read more

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Do grand mal seizures cause death?

Do grand mal seizures cause death?

Yes, it's possible: Seizures have been associated with sudden death in epilepsy. It's called sudep. It happens rarely. The risk factors are convulsions in sleep, low levels of medication in your blood. It is not clear if it is causes by problems with the heart rhythm or if it due to fluid in the lungs. ...Read more

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Can repeated injury to neck face back during grand mal seizures cause spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis: Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal and can occur because of any structure encroaching upon that space. It can be congenital or something that you are born with. It is commonly caused by disc bulging or herniation, facet joint hypertrophy (overgrowth) from arthritis, or ligament buckling. Trauma as you described could lead to a bulging disc or arthritis with time. ...Read more

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Can grand mal seizures cause severe brain damage?

Can grand mal seizures cause severe brain damage?

It can: If the seizure can't be aborted (called status epilepitcus) permanant and severe brain damage can occur. Also if one aspirates during a seizure and becomes hypoxic this too can cause brain damage. ...Read more

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Do grand mal seizures cause brain damage in children?

Do grand mal seizures cause brain damage in children?

Seizure: A seizure may already be due to an underlying brain condition. On the other hand uncontrolled seizure can cause brain damage as well. ...Read more

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Could having a grand mal seizure cause me to have blurry vision?

Could having a grand mal seizure cause me to have blurry vision?

Yes, depends: There are many vision problems associated with seizure disorders. The eyes may dry out during a grand mal seizure, or during staring spells. ...Read more

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I have grand mal seizure whenever I get one it lasted between 5to10 min. Does not having oxygen to my brain for so long cause damage?

I have grand mal seizure whenever I get one it lasted between 5to10 min. Does not having oxygen to my brain for so long cause damage?

Hopefully not: Grand mal seizures that last over 20 min are seen as a risk for brain damage, but shorter ones are not considered to be a risk for that. Here's a link: However, it is still important that you work w/ your physician on achieving the best management you can. Talk with them about your concern and best treatment planning. I hope it goes well. ...Read more

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Can a grand mal seizure cause permanent brain damage?

Can a grand mal seizure cause permanent brain damage?

Not likely: A grand mal seizure may originate from pre-existing permanent brain damage, or from a new event such as a tumor or vascular lesion. The events in a grand mal seizure, although dramatic, usually do not increase brain damage unless they are recurrent. You can injure the rest of your body depending upon what you were doing at the time of the seizure. You should see a neurologist; seizure specialist. ...Read more

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Might having grand mal seizures entitle me to disablility?

Might having grand mal seizures entitle me to disablility?

Possibly: Talk to your doctor about this issue. You may be eligible but it's important to know how well controlled the seizures are and the type of work you are skilled to do, particularly if it involves more risky duties such as driving or operating heavy machinery. ...Read more

Dr. Justin ORourke
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Tonic Clonic Seizure (Definition)

A tonic clonic seizure is a generalized seizure involving loss of consciousness and is associated with both ...Read more


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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsion = violent, involuntary contraction(s) of the muscles which may occur due ...Read more