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Doctor insights on: Epileptic Seizures In Children

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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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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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How do hypoglycemic seizures differ from epileptic seizures in adults in appearance?

How do hypoglycemic seizures differ from epileptic seizures in adults in appearance?

Seizures: There is no difference in the appearance of these seizures. Most are all Tonic/clonic type seizures. THe cause and treatments of the two types differs. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Febrile seizures in an adult patient. I thought only little kids have febrile seizures.?

Febrile seizures in an adult patient. I thought only little kids have febrile seizures.?

Fever as stress: Fever/illness/lack of sleep etc., all stress factors can set off a seizure in one prone to seizures. To call the adult event a "febrile seizure" is a misuse of a term limited by convention to a benign childhood condition. A more accepted term would be a seizure associated with fever and its long term prognosis would be much different.. ...Read more

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Is monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?

Is monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?

No: Juvenile moloclonal epilepsy is a generalized epilepsy, which occurs in the age group from 12-16yo. Grand mal seizures are usually generalized type of seizures and has two phases. In the tonic phase, loss of conciousness occurs and muscle contraction causes the person to fall down. The clonic phase is the rhythmic contraction of muscles, alternating b/w flexion and relaxation. Thanks. ...Read more

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Tonic-clonic seizure and epileptic seizure: are they the same thing?

Subset....: Tonic-clonic seizures are one type of epileptic seizure...Amongst many different types of seizures. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea induce seizures in a non epileptic patient?

Can sleep apnea induce seizures in a non epileptic patient?

Unlikely: Highly unlikely but in a patient with known seizure activity.. Sleep apnea can make the seizure activity worse. ...Read more

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Are tonic clonic seizures only a symptom of epilepsy?

Are tonic clonic seizures only a symptom of epilepsy?

Epilepsy: is by definition recurrent unprovoked seizures. Recurrent provoked seizures are seen on occasion (for example the alcoholic who uses up his SSI monthly stipend who presents to the ER with alcohol withdrawal seizures on the 29th of the month) GTC seizures can occur for many reasons (taking too much Ultram, caffeine, cocaine, hypomagnesemia, hyponatremia, hypocalcemia, withdrawal from Benzodiazepine ...Read more

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Do petit mal seizures lower a child's i.Q.?

Do petit mal seizures lower a child's i.Q.?

If untreated: Untreated petit mal will impair learning due to priods of non responsiveness. ...Read more

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Are febrile seizures considered brain injury?

Are febrile seizures considered brain injury?

Not usually: These are not entirely uncommon before age 5 when the brain is not very mature and has less ability to suppress excess electrical activity inside the brain. The further it is after that age, it is much more important to bring this to medical or neurological attention. A few early febrile seizures before age 5 usually would not be associated with any significant brain injury or findings. ...Read more

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Can meditation cause a seizure in someone with epilepsy? Specifically partial complex seizures.

Can meditation cause a seizure in someone with epilepsy?  Specifically partial complex seizures.

Probably not: Doing a medline search for meditation agrravating seizures did not pull up any references in their traditional journals. I did find one reference to the possibility of inducing seizures in someone prone. It appears that this may represent a theorhetical risk at this juncture. "jaseja h. Epilepsy behav. 2010 jan;17(1):124-5." i hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can people hear throughout a grand mal seizure?

Can people hear throughout a grand mal seizure?

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 more

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Are grand mal the same as generalized seizures?

Are grand mal the same as generalized seizures?

Grand mal Sz.: Grand mal (tonic-clonic) seizure is a subtype of generalized seizures. Other types of generalized seizures are absence seizures (petit mal), myoclonic seizures, tonic seizures, clonic seizures, & atonic seizures. ...Read more

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Hi,I have petit mal.does atypical absences seizures causes learning difficulties.

Yes: Having frequent absence seizures can interfere with being aware of what is being taught and interfere with learning ...Read more

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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 fevers cause seizures in children?

Can fevers cause seizures in children?

Yes: Febrile seizures occur if their is rapid rise of fever , in some kids. ...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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Could dextromethophan help prevent seizures in epilepsy?

"Sometimes": It mainly has a "down"/sedative effect, which while not treatment, might reduce likelihood of seizure in susceptible person. Risk is idiosyncratic reaction (which is a reasonable % of abusers, but not w/therapeutic use), who can get anxious / agitated ("up"/stimulant effect), which might reduce seizure threshold. For more info: http://www.Drugs-forum.Com/forum/showwiki.Php?Title=dxm. ...Read more

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Can febrile seizures cause permanent brain damage in a person?

Definition issue: By definition, febrile seizures are considered benign, lasting only minutes & not leading to respiratory compromise. As long as the brain & heart get oxygen, the chances of death or disability is remote & kids outgrow them. However, some kids with epilepsy will have a seizure with a fever, & carry a fsz label but go on to have major seizures with damage as they get older. ...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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Can lightning cause problems for people with photosensitive epilepsy? Can lightning and thunderstorms trigger seizures in photosensitive epilepsy?

Can lightning cause problems for people with photosensitive epilepsy? Can lightning and thunderstorms trigger seizures in photosensitive epilepsy?

No: Photosensitive epilepsy is triggered by the flickering of light at a given frequency and given intensity that triggers discharges from the vision centers of the brain. Lightning is a streak of intense light with dramatic discharge of ions and sound pressure associated with dramatic changes in atmospheric pressure. It can be dramatic as a stimulus, especially if it strikes near to the person. ...Read more

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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


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