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Is it possible for a person without epilepsy to have a seizure?

Is it possible for a person without epilepsy to have a seizure?

No By Definition: Having epilepsy is by definition, having seizures.If you mean epilepsy as having many or frequent seizures, then yes it is possible to 1 seizure. ...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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Is it possible to cause a person without epilepsy to have a seizure by flashing strobe lights at him?

Is it possible to cause a person without epilepsy to have a seizure by flashing strobe lights at him?

Highly unlikely!: If a person is provoked into a seizure with flashing strobe lights then there should be something amiss neurologically. That person should be evaluated for a probable hidden, previously unknown form of epilepsy. ...Read more

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I'm seriously wondering if you can cause a seizure in a person without epilepsy. Can you?

I'm seriously wondering if you can cause a seizure in a person without epilepsy. Can you?

Yes: If multiple factors coincide like sleep deprivation, flashing lights, infection, electrolyte disorder, some food colouring, medication withdrawal, tec. ...Read more

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When a person had a seizure, does it mean he has epilepsy?

When a person had a seizure, does it mean he has epilepsy?

Not yet: A single seizure does not epilepsy make! a careful history and neurologic evaluation may determine that it was an incidental event. Recurrent seizures with specific findings on eeg, examination and MRI may lead to a diagnosis of epilepsy. Epilepsy is the clinical condition of a risk for seizures. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are other reasons why a person would have a seizure besides epilepsy?

Metabolic or drugs: Other common causes of seizure include: 1. Severe electrolyte imbalance 2. Organ failure e.g. Kidney/liver etc 3. Medication side effects 4. Brain damage from stroke/bleeding/tumor/lack of oxygen. ...Read more

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Could a person with epilepsy experience both absence and convulsive seizures?

Could a person with epilepsy experience both absence and convulsive seizures?

Complex partial sz: I think you may be referring to complex partial seizures and those that secondarily generalize. It is very common to have seizures that start in one area of the brain with loss of awareness followed by spreading to involve the whole brain. It is called complex partial epilepsy with secondary generalization. Hope that helps answer your question. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a person with epilepsy experience both absence and convulsive seizures?

Please tell me, could a person with epilepsy experience both absence and convulsive seizures?

Actually, yes: In fact, some people can have absence, tonic-clonic, and myoclonic seizures (most commonly seen in syndrome called jme). ...Read more

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Can epilepsy develop at a certain age? Can a person go their whole life without any seizures then all of a sudden start having them?

Can epilepsy develop at a certain age? Can a person go their whole life without any seizures then all of a sudden start having them?

Yes: If conditions are just right patients can have seizures at any age . Secondary causes need to be evaluated ofcourse but seizures are unpredictable. ...Read more

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Can an epidural trigger an epileptic seizure in a person who has epilepsy?

Not generally: Such an association between receiving an epidural and having a full blown epileptic seizure would seem uncommon and unlikely. I do know, that for some who are easily prone toward seizures, stress can contribute to having a seizure and i can see how an epidural could be stressful. ...Read more

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. Epileptic seizures may occasionally result in loss of consciousness and confusion. 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