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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizure (Overview)

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 imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc.


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What is the definition of seizure?

What is the definition of seizure?

Episode of altered: Consciousness. This can involve full loss of consciousness, loss of awareness with amnesia, or variations. A focal motor or sensory seizure however, may preserve awareness and just involve local area if it does not generalize. More than one seizure would be c/w epilepsy. ...Read more

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Seizure (Overview)

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 imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc.


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Approx how long does a seizure last typically?

Approx how long does a seizure last typically?

Usually brief: Some last as few as 10-15 secs., and a generalized convulsion may be 2-3 min., although the subsequent postictal phase could last longer up to a few hours perhaps. Some variation but episodes longer than 5 minutes are likely to be a different paroxysmal episode. ...Read more

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Living with Seizures (Tip)

Living with Seizures

Do as much as you can but set realistic goals, remain positive, and reward yourself each day. ...See more

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What are symptoms of seizures?

Multiple: The symptoms depend upon the location of the seizure within the brain. These may include- unusual tastes/odors; rising sensation from the stomach; other abnormal sensory perceptions, loss of awareness, shaking or tingling or an arm or leg, or even brief body jerks. ...Read more

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Living with Seizures (Tip)

Living with Seizures

Have your doctor check you for low vit D—one of most frequent consequences of anticonvulsant use. ...See more

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Can eyelid twitching be an early sign of a seizure?

Eyelid Spasm: This can be the result of stress, fatigue, eye strain, caffeine, or any number of systemic factors. You should get it checked out and if correcting these possible causes does not help, Botox treatment may improve your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can a Pet scan diagnose Generalized seizures?

Can a Pet scan diagnose Generalized seizures?

Not really: Primary generalized seizures would not be expected to change anything on a PET scan. Partial-onset could show an area of altered metabolism. Either way, PET scans are not really a primary way to diagnose epilepsy. ...Read more

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What are seizures?

What are seizures?

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 more

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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsions are rhythmic contractions of all muscles in the body, which create a violent rhythmic motion. A common type of convulsion is ...Read more


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