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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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Tonic Clonic Seizure (Definition)

A tonic clonic seizure is a generalized seizure involving loss of consciousness and is associated with both ...Read more


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What are tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures?

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 causes of a grand mal seizure?

What are the causes of a grand mal seizure?

Altered brain signal: Grand mal seizures occur when the electrical activity over the whole surface of the brain becomes abnormally synchronized. In general, seizures are caused by abnormal, rhythmic nerve cell (neuron) activity in the brain. The brain's nerve cells normally communicate with each other by sending electrical and chemical signals across the synapses that connect the cells.This is altered in seizures. ...Read more

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Do grand mal seizures cause brain damage in children?

Do grand mal seizures cause brain damage in children?

Seizure: A seizure may already be due to an underlying brain condition. On the other hand uncontrolled seizure can cause brain damage as well. ...Read more

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What are absence (petit mal) seizures?

What are absence (petit mal) seizures?

Staring spells.: A child with absence seizures will stop what they are doing once in a while, stare into space, and then resume activity without noticing the break. An EEG while sleep-deprived and/or hyperventilating shows characteristic changes, which a neurologist can use to confirm the diagnosis. It is usually treatable. ...Read more

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What are the differences between petty mal or grand mal seizures?

What are the differences between petty mal or grand mal seizures?

Peti mal seizures: The difference is the petti mal is a more minor seizure lasting typically several seconds. A witness to the event would only see some mild twitching, possible arm or leg movements and it stops fairly shortly. A grand mal seizure is more prolonged and has a great effect on the body. Typically are serious prolonged movements of arms/leg involuntary urination. ...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 some indicators of photosensitive epilepsy and/or partial complex seizures?

What are some indicators of photosensitive epilepsy and/or partial complex seizures?

Flashing lights: Relatively few folks actually have seizures triggered by flashing lights. Those that do, show twitches or jerks with flashing lights, and their seizures are almost never complex partial. They're myoclonic, absence, and / or convulsions (or a mix). ...Read more

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Can grand mal seizures cause severe brain damage?

Can grand mal seizures cause severe brain damage?

It can: If the seizure can't be aborted (called status epilepitcus) permanant and severe brain damage can occur. Also if one aspirates during a seizure and becomes hypoxic this too can cause brain damage. ...Read more

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What are seizure disorders besides epilepsy?

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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Do grand mal seizures cause death?

Yes, it's possible: Seizures have been associated with sudden death in epilepsy. It's called sudep. It happens rarely. The risk factors are convulsions in sleep, low levels of medication in your blood. It is not clear if it is causes by problems with the heart rhythm or if it due to fluid in the lungs. ...Read more

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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 is the difference between Epilepsy with Grand Mal Seizures on Awakening and Juveinile Myoclonic Epilepsy?

What is the difference between Epilepsy with Grand Mal Seizures on Awakening and Juveinile Myoclonic Epilepsy?

Different names for: These are different names for Seizures(doctors call it Epilepsy, if the condition is persistent). You should be checked by a neurologist, unless already done. ...Read more

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Are grand mal the same as generalized seizures?

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Are grand mal the same as generalized seizures?

Grand mal Sz.: Grand mal (tonic-clonic) seizure is a subtype of generalized seizures. Other types of generalized seizures are absence seizures (petit mal), myoclonic seizures, tonic seizures, clonic seizures, & atonic seizures. ...Read more

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What are the differences between tonic-clonic seizures, simple partial seizures, and complex partial seizures?

Accurate description: The best way to define a seizure is to view it from start to finish with all sensory and motor events recorded as well as the on-going eeg. If it starts in one area of the brain, it is partial. If it starts all over, it is generalized. If there is alteration of consciousness, it is complex. Grand mal should not be used. ...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 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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Is monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?

No: Juvenile moloclonal epilepsy is a generalized epilepsy, which occurs in the age group from 12-16yo. Grand mal seizures are usually generalized type of seizures and has two phases. In the tonic phase, loss of conciousness occurs and muscle contraction causes the person to fall down. The clonic phase is the rhythmic contraction of muscles, alternating b/w flexion and relaxation. Thanks. ...Read more

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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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Hi.I would like to know which syndrome causes petit mal epilepsy?

Hi.I would like to know which syndrome causes petit mal epilepsy?

Often none!: "Absence seizures" are often not associated with any other syndrome. Sometimes there is known cause. Sometimes kids who have febrile seizures seem to develop petit mal seizures. Sometimes it's hereditary and there is a family history of petit-mal seizures. See http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/petit-mal-seizure/basics/causes/con-20021252 People with porphyria can have petit-mal. ...Read more