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Grand Mal Seizures And 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
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
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
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
Yes and no: The term grand mal should not be used. A partial seizure may occur with the patient fully aware of all that happens. A complex seizure involves alteration of awareness, but significant aspects of the event may be remembered. Primary and secondary generalized seizure are dramatic and memory is often lost before, during, and after the event. They may appear aware but are not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Hi,I'm 30 years of age.I suffer from petit mal epilepsy.I would like to know how many absence seizures occur a day?
Absence seizures: Typically last 1-3 seconds and may occur up to 200 or more times a day. One is unaware of their lapses as it is a generalized seizure. Ethosuccamide and Valproate are treatments. ( may Worsen with sodium channel drugs like Lamictal . partial complex epilepsy and JME are much more common in a 30 year old than " petit mal" which if not part of JME syndrome typically is outgrown by age 14 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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