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What are atonic seizures?

What are atonic seizures?

Loss of tone: Some complex epileptic have drop attacks=fall to the floor because of loss of muscle tone in legs usually have other seizures like tonic= totally stiff or starring spells in same child--or myoclonic seizures like simple jerks of trunk or limb. ...Read more

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What are myoclonic seizures?

What are myoclonic seizures?

Generalized Seizure: Myoclonic seizures are a type of generalized convulsive seizure characterized by brief, repetitive muscle contractions. (the prefix myo- means muscle.) they usually involve both sides of the cerebral cortex. ...Read more

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What are tonic seizures?

What are tonic seizures?

A Type Of Seizure: Tonic seizures are short seizures consisting of a sudden increase in the tone of muscles throughout the body leading to a stiff appearance. They are commonly associated with lennox-gastaut syndrome and are readily identified with EEG monitoring during an episode. ...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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What are partial seizures?

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What are partial seizures?

Only part of brain: At least at onset these seizures affect only part of the brain. Typically one remains awake - unless generalized to the other hemisphere or occasionally with complex partial seizures. Often confused with panic disorder, migraine headaches, dissociation, amnesia, schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, and medication/elicit drug reactions. ...Read more

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What are causes of myoclonic seizures?

What are causes of myoclonic seizures?

Jerky movements: These are the typical jerky movements we get in our sleep, resembling a brief kick, or other sudden involuntary movement. ...Read more

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What are tonic-clonic seizures (TCS)?

Generalized seizures: These seizures have 2phases. The first is a generalized stiffening of the body. The second consists of jerking movements of the extremities one trunk ...Read more

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What are tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures?

Whole lotta shaking: As jerry lee lewis says. Grand mal seizures are the kind of seizure that most people think of: people pass out, and their muscles contract violently. It usually lasts less than 5 minutes. Sometimes people have only 1 seizure & never have it again. Sometimes people have more than 1 seizure & need to take medicine to prevent them. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of myoclonic epilepsy?

What are the symptoms of myoclonic epilepsy?

Muscle spasms: Seizures usually have a stiff tonic phase followed by rhythmic jerking or clonic phase. Myoclonic spasms can be isolated and independent. Infants may have a series of painful spasms especially upon awakening. Adolescents may have morning spasms and even drop or throw their toothbrush. Lennox-gastaut patients may have massive spasms or drop attacks that are myoclonic. Difficult to treat. ...Read more

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What are the causes of myoclonic seizures?

What are the causes of myoclonic seizures?

Too many causes: Benign myoclonus can occur in children and adolescents. Jme is fairly common in young people - especially girls. Severe metabolic disorders will cause myoclonus, and anoxic brain damage can also cause myoclonus. A severe complex seizure disorder can develop in children and young adults - lennox gastaut - that may cause severe episodes of myoclonus and drop attacks. ...Read more

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What are absence and petit mal seizures?

What are absence and petit mal seizures?

Petit mal Sz.: Petit mal seizure is an old term for absence seizure. There is interruption of consciousness where the person becomes unresponsive for up to half a minute, sometimes with slight muscle twitching. ...Read more

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What are frontal seizures?

What are frontal seizures?

Type of seizure: When abnormal electrical discharges come from frontal lobe of brain, it is called frontal seizure. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a non-epileptic's seizure?

What are symptoms of a non-epileptic's seizure?

Variety: Non epileptic seizures are not true seizures. they are considered psychogenic and can present with almost any type of event that looks like a seizure. Often need an EEG to distinguish. ...Read more

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What are silent seizures?

What are silent seizures?

No clinical seizure: Pt. Does not show clinical seizure but neurophysiological testing like eeg will show seizure discharges. ...Read more

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What are myoclonic jerks?

What are myoclonic jerks?

Muscle jerks: Brief sudden shocklike muscle jerk, which can be focal or widespread and secondary to central nervous system issue. ...Read more

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What are abdominal seizures?

What are abdominal seizures?

It is rare: Some seizures produce certain symptoms before the actual epileptic phenomenon (aura). Rarely especially in children intermittent repeated short lived"attacks" occur the are either entirely related to GI symptoms or are preceded by these symptoms. They are termed abdominal epilepsy, if other causes are ruled out!? ...Read more

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What are seizure disorders besides epilepsy?

Many causes: There are many causes of seizures including, abnormalities of metabolism such as excessively low blood sugar, alcohol poisoning and drug intoxication, low oxygen to the brain during breathing problems, acute trauma to the head and brain, infections. these are not considered epilepsy. Epilepsy is defined as seizures coming directly from the brain without any of the above mentioned causes. ...Read more

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What are the triggers of epileptic seizures?

Triggers for seizure: Here are a few, there are many more flashing lights, sleep deprivation, missing meals, hyperventilation, taking medications that can cause seizures as a side effect, infections of the nervous system, illness in general lower threshold for seizures in epileptics. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of temporal seizures?

What are symptoms of temporal seizures?

Unusual sensation: Usually an aura precedes temporal lobe seizures such as unprovoked fear, a deja vu experience a sensation of taste or smell , an odd sensation in the abdomen This may last 30 seconds to about 2 minutes with loss of awareness of surroundings, lip smacking, swallowing or chewing movements picking motions of the fingers , confusion, and unawareness of it. May develop into a seizure ...Read more