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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?

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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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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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Approx how long does a seizure last typically?

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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

Good sleep hygiene, no more than two alcoholic beverages, and always take your medicine religiously. ...See more

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Living with Seizures (Checklist)

Sleep 6-8 hours each night
daily
Wear a medical alert bracelet
Once
Limit your alcohol intake as much as possible
Once
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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Hi, my baby old:15 weeks;he sometimes startles(while or before sleep) but now did it 3 consecutive times awake.Is it a symptom for seizure or normal?

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Hi, my baby old:15 weeks;he sometimes startles(while or before sleep) but now did it 3 consecutive times awake.Is it a symptom for seizure or normal?

Normal: Still probably normal nervous symptom reaction. Should disappears by 4 mo/a. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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What are symptoms of seizures?

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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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Dr. Clark Schierle
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Can eyelid twitching be an early sign of a seizure?

Dr. Clark Schierle
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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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Dr. Jerald Ratner
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What is the diagnosis of complex partial seizures based on?

Dr. Jerald Ratner
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Evaluation: Usually history and possibly eeg.

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Can a Pet scan diagnose Generalized seizures?

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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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Dr. William Goldie
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What are seizures?

Dr. William Goldie
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
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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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Dr. William Singer
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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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