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Doctor insights on: Grand Mal Seizures And Death

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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

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 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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Do you thrash and kick during grand mal seizures?

Do you thrash and kick during grand mal seizures?

Yes: Grand mal is another name for tonic clonic which has 2 phases in succession stiffening and jerking

trashing and kicking is not a good description, because it may not be a seizure at all. ...Read more

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What is the best way to address grand mal seizures?

Accurate description: The best way to define a seizure is to view it from start to finish with all sensory and motor events recorded as well as the on-going eeg. If it starts in one area of the brain, it is partial. If it starts all over, it is generalized. If there is alteration of consciousness, it is complex. Grand mal should not be used. ...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

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What is the definition or description of: Grand mal seizures?

What is the definition or description of: Grand mal seizures?

Type of seizure: Grand mal seizures are a type of seizure where the patient develops loss of consciousness with violent muscle contractions. It is due to abnormal electrical activity of the brain. This can be caused by trauma, stroke, hypoglycemia, or infection. ...Read more

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What are the differences between petty mal or grand mal seizures?

Peti mal seizures: The difference is the petti mal is a more minor seizure lasting typically several seconds. A witness to the event would only see some mild twitching, possible arm or leg movements and it stops fairly shortly. A grand mal seizure is more prolonged and has a great effect on the body. Typically are serious prolonged movements of arms/leg involuntary urination. ...Read more

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What are tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures?

What are tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures?

Whole lotta shaking: As jerry lee lewis says. Grand mal seizures are the kind of seizure that most people think of: people pass out, and their muscles contract violently. It usually lasts less than 5 minutes. Sometimes people have only 1 seizure & never have it again. Sometimes people have more than 1 seizure & need to take medicine to prevent them. ...Read more

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What can I do to limit the amount of grand mal seizures I have?

What can I do to limit the amount of grand mal seizures I have?

Management: Epilepsy can rarely be cured. But it can be managed. Usually good health habits and an appropriate medication will give control. For some surgery is necessary or combination medications. Special devices such as vagal nerve stimulator may be appropriate. Consult at an epilepsy center focused on best management would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Can a grand mal seizure cause death?

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 lamictal able to prevent grand mal seizures?

Lamictal uses: Lamotrigine may prevent grand mal seizures, especially if they are partial onset. This is a medicine often used for adults who have seizures. ...Read more

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Is it possible to experience multiple grand mal seizures in a 5 year period like say around 10-12?

Is it possible to experience multiple grand mal seizures in a 5 year period like say around 10-12?

Epilepsy: It is possible to have 2-3 seizures per year. Generalized tonic clonic seizures or secondary generalization can occur in different patients at different frequency. Medication and surgical interventions are available to reduce the risk and incidence of seizures. ...Read more

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I seizured two stokes, then I seizured two grand mal seizures, the a dr. Put me up the psych ward.?

I seizured two stokes, then I seizured two grand mal seizures, the a dr. Put me up the psych ward.?

Sounds odd: If you truly had 2 strokes and 2 grand mal seizures, being admitted to a psychiatric unit sounds very odd. The more usual option would be a neurological consult and possible admission to neurology. If the seizures result from alcohol or benzodiazepine withdrawal, psychiatric admission might be an eventual option. ...Read more

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Husband had 3 grand Mal seizures Sunday today (wed) he keeps saying he thinks he hears the baby crying but the baby isn't here. Normal?

Husband had 3 grand Mal seizures Sunday today (wed) he keeps saying he thinks he hears the baby crying but the baby isn't here. Normal?

Not normal: These two findings are suggestive of two different types of seizures or other neurological process which would never be considered normal. Hopefully he is under the care of a qualified neurologist. If not, find one! Best wishes ...Read more

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Stopped tramadol after having multiple grand mal seizures. Should I have tapered? It's been a week since last dose do I still have to worry?

May be no worry: Long-term use of high doses of tramadol may be associated with physical dependence and a withdrawal syndrome. Tramadol causes typical opiate-like withdrawal symptoms as well as atypical withdrawal symptoms including seizures, but these symptoms usually come within 72 hours of stopping it. If you don't have any symptoms after 1 week, then its unlikely you get withdrawal symptoms. ...Read more

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My wife has grand mal seizures, takes meds. During seizure she appears unable to breath. Is that normal, what are the risks, how can I best help her?

The goal is to: Prevent siezures in the first place by making sure medications for seizures are therapeutic. Therefore, a neurologist should see her frequently to ensure this is achieved. The neurologist will also look into the respiratory part of the seizure to determine if there is central apnea (or cessation of breathing). EEG should be done regularly. ...Read more

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My daughter diagnosed with grand mal seizures She is on keppra (levetiracetam) did she will be take off the keppra (levetiracetam) or we will continue using keppra (levetiracetam) for years?

That depends: It is a very frightening experience to witness your child having a seizure. It is important to have a good relationship with a neurologist. Many children do wean off of anti-seizure medication after a few years, so it is possible that after a lengthy stretch without any seizure activity, your neurologist will try weaning her off the medication. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will phenytoin (dilantin) 100 mg control grand mal seizures?

It is possible: It is possible 100 mg dilantin could control grand mal seizures. For an adult, this dose is rather small, a more typical dose is 200 or 300 mg each day. However, the best dose is the lowest dose that prevents seizures. ...Read more

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Former buiz owner, suffered 21 strokes, several grand mal seizures & brain damaged. Outside of meds, any suggestion? I want to get back into biz.

Former buiz owner, suffered 21 strokes, several grand mal seizures & brain damaged. Outside of meds, any suggestion? I want to get back into biz.

Healthy living: Looks like you may have pretty rough events. The best person to assess and give you sound advice is your doctor regarding whether you can get back to work. ...Read more

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I have grand mal seizures at times I wake up feeling like I had a seizure in my sleep, I often have strong eragular hart beats, is there a correlation?

Rapid heart beat?: If your seizures occur at the same time of your strong heart beat then there is a (possible) correlation.
Ask your doctor to prescribe an event monitor (a recorder of the heart rhythm) which you will carry for several weeks till either a seizure occurs or till a fast heart beat occurs and then you can tell if there was a relation. ...Read more

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I have grand mal seizures and I get percocet for my hI need to know do y I've tried percocet it's awfully strong I tried vicodin it's n could you help?

I have grand mal seizures and I get percocet for my hI need to know do y I've tried percocet it's awfully strong I tried vicodin it's n could you help?

What is hl?: We do not prescribe percocet or vicodin at HealthTap. However, it is possible we could still help you.

What to do mean by hl? What does that have to do with seizures?

Do you use medicine to prevent seizures? ...Read more

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On keppra (levetiracetam) for 8 months now- 8 mg 2x day. Due to a fall, had 3 grand mal seizures 4-5 months after fall. Can I wean off keppra (levetiracetam)? Experiment getting off?

On keppra (levetiracetam) for 8 months now- 8 mg 2x day. Due to a fall, had 3 grand mal seizures 4-5 months after fall. Can I wean off keppra (levetiracetam)? Experiment getting off?

No, no, no: Do you wish more seizures? Do not stop, do not experiment, do not drive, do not do activities at heights, do not use power equipment. Do see your neurologist and make sure your dosing is appropriate for your problem, as I doubt your Keppra (levetiracetam) amounts are correct if you indeed are taking 8 mg twice daily. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Epilepsy with Grand Mal Seizures on Awakening and Juveinile Myoclonic Epilepsy?

What is the difference between Epilepsy with Grand Mal Seizures on Awakening and Juveinile Myoclonic Epilepsy?

Different names for: These are different names for Seizures (doctors call it Epilepsy, if the condition is persistent).
You should be checked by a neurologist, unless already done. ...Read more

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Hi. I started having grand mal seizures in my sleep 10 years ago and started taking epilim and carbamazepine togetter since then and for the last two?

Hi. I started having grand mal seizures in my sleep 10 years ago and started taking epilim and carbamazepine togetter since then and for the last two?

What's the question: Are your TWO drugs fully controlling your seizures? Are you concerned about chronic side effects and risks? Not knowing what you seek, makes it tough to respond to your concerns. ...Read more

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My son had nine grand mal seizures within a couple hrs. No previous fever or symptoms, and now has to be on keppra (levetiracetam) and lorazepam. Is he epileptic?

My son had nine grand mal seizures within a couple hrs. No previous fever or symptoms, and now has to be on keppra (levetiracetam) and lorazepam. Is he epileptic?

Maybe: Best to discuss with his neurologist. Can't make the call via the internet on something like this. He certainly could be. Most kids outgrow it. Depends on the cause. ...Read more

Dr. Justin ORourke
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Epilepsy (Tonic Clonic Or Grand Mal Seizures) (Definition)

Grand mal seizures are a clinical finding in which a person loses consciousness and their entire body experiences uncontrolled rhythmic muscle contractions and may result in incontinence during the seizure. ...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