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Seizure is also known as Generalized seizures in adults. 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 ...Read more
Journal articles: There is not a good book specifically dedicated to gelastic seizures, but this book may be helpful to you: Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guide (Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) by John Freeman and colleagues. There are many good journal articles on this topic, here are a couple well-cited ones: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8353707 and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8469334 ...Read more
No idea but ...: I would guess that the term is being used to describe the physiologic reaction during the seizure. Some patients get chills or flushing or palpitations or other autonomic reactions associated with the seizure event. Gelastic seizures occur with laughter and even sexual arousal from a hypothalamic focus. Ask your neurologist for the reason for the term. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bad brain activity: A seizure is an abnormal motor or sensory event that is caused by abnormal electrical discharges of the brain. Usually the brain can inhibit or suppress abnormal activity. However in certain disease states, genetic syndromes, scarring of the brain or acute infection or injury, the brain inhibition is lost and seizure activity will occur. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Bodily injury is possible if the seizure occurs in certain places or occasions, but single seizures are unlikely to cause major problems. Repeated seizures are different and need immediate evaluation and treatment especially if they occur close together (status epilepticus). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many causes:: Reasons for seizures include: infections; metabolic disorders; drugs: medications; poisons; disordered blood vessels; bleeding inside the brain; & many yet undiscovered problems most common type of seizure in children is the febrile seizure (when an infection associated with a high fever develops). For 3 out of 4 children, the causes remain unknown. ...Read more
Moderation: Although anti-convulsants have no direct drug interaction with alcohol, many anti-convulsants have a degree of sedation as a side effect, which will add to the sedative effect of the alcohol consumed. Also the alcohol can increase your risk of having a seizure. If you are going to consume alcohol, do some with extreme moderation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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