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Doctor insights on: What Are Narcoleptic Seizures

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Dr. Andrew Reeves Dr. Reeves
Neurology
26 years in practice
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
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What are the most common causes of sleep onset seizures in the mid 30's?

What are the most common causes of sleep onset seizures in the mid 30's?

Several: Based upon the age of insert, they would almost certainly be partial insert seizures (aka "localization related"). At least half the time, no clear reason is uncovered for them starting. Other causes include prior trauma, abnormal tangles of blood vessels stuck in the brain, "birthmarks" on the brain in a localized area, among others. Brain tumor is possible, but less common.

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Narcolepsy (Definition)

A condition characterized by extreme sleepiness every few hours during the day and frequent, unexpected sleep attacks. This sleep disorder is believed to be caused by a decrease in a protein in the brain. There is no cure for narcolepsy, but its ...Read more


Dr. William Goldie Dr. Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
44 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Albert Pizzo Dr. Pizzo
Family Medicine
56 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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What causes seizures?

What causes seizures?

Seizures: There are a great number of reasons. Whole textbooks have been written concerning this subject. If you have a specific problem, consult with your doctor.

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Dr. Alon Seifan Dr. Seifan
Neurology
9 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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What causes seizures?

What causes seizures?

Excitable brain cell: Anything that causes brain cells to be irritated or overexcitable can cause a seizure. Genetic causes of epilepsy that lead to an abnormality in excitability of neurons or miswiring of connections can cause seizures. Also, any scar or lesion on the brain can cause seizure. Infections and other conditions that alter the body's normal chemistry can cause seizures.

Dr. Samuel Freedman Dr. Freedman
Pediatrics
5 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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What causes seizures?

What causes seizures?

Seizures: Seizure is caused usually by abnormal brain wave activity which arises from an area of abnormality in the brain.

Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi Dr. Joshi
Neurology
19 years in practice
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What causes a seizure?

Many: Most of the time it is unknown. There is along list for causes. Let your doctor decide.

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Dr. Robert Nahouraii Dr. Nahouraii
Neurology
28 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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What causes seizures?

What causes seizures?

Over active neurons: A seizure is when the brain cell allows too much sodium or calcium and water follows, disrupting the flow of chemicals and waste products through special "gates." seizure meds are "gate blockers" to stop this from happening.

Dr. Dariush Saghafi Dr. Saghafi
Neurology
29 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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What triggers seizures?

What doesn't?: Dehydration, use of illicit drugs, infections both at the level of the brain and spinal cord as well as anywhere else in the body medications, flashing lights, noncompliance with anti-seizure medication regimen, strokes, metabolic disorders, trauma to the head, hyperventilation. Does that list seem complete enough to cover whatever you might be thinking? There very well may be other causes as well

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky Dr. Belilovsky
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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What is grandma seizure?

What is grandma seizure?

"Grand Mal": -- seizure involving whole body, all extremities shaking, also drooling, loss of consciousness, and incontinence.

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen Dr. Cohen
Neurology
30 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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What is seizure exactly?

Abnormal electricity: An epileptic seizure is an abnormal electrical discharge of the brain. It usually causes abnormal behavioral change; less commonly there may be no overt behavioral change, though the person may have a lapse of time.

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Dr. Julian Bragg Dr. Bragg
Neurology
13 years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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How are seizures treated?

Abort and Prevent: If a seizure is happening in front of you and not stopping on its own, abortive medication such as Ativan (lorazepam) or other sedatives can be used to stop it. To prevent seizures from occurring in the first place, we use a wide variety of medications that serve to reduce neuronal firing; some of these act by blocking excitatory pathways, some by activating inhibitory pathways, and some remain a mystery.

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Dr. Andrew Reeves Dr. Reeves
Neurology
26 years in practice
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
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What kinds of seizures are there?

What kinds of seizures are there?

Many types: There are too many types to cover in a form like this. I shot a couple videos to cover this kind of thing. On my YouTube channel ("Andrew Reeves neurology") there are a couple videos on epilepsy types which should help you.

Dr. Peter Glusker Dr. Glusker
Neurology
43 years in practice
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
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What are all types of epiletic seizures?

What are all types of epiletic seizures?

Epilepsy: You can find a good explanation at this site: http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/epilepsy.Html briefly, there are many types of epileptic seizures. Some involve loss of consciousness and involuntary movements of one or more limbs. Some do not cause loss of consciousness but can impair normal functioning. If you suspect you might have some form of epilepsy please see a neurologist.

Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi Dr. Joshi
Neurology
19 years in practice
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What are the causes of seizures in adults?

Many: Unknown is most common, some causes like stroke, infection, tumor, trauma, drugs including alcohol, cardiac irregularity, sudden lowering of blood pressure etc. Etc.

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Dr. Karen Sibert Dr. Sibert
Anesthesiology
35 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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What are the causes that triggers a seizure?

What are the causes that triggers a seizure?

Child or adult?: Causes of seizures in infants and children can include a high fever and a condition called pku (phenylketonuria). In adults, there are many possible causes including brain tumor, low blood sugar, head injury, some illegal drugs (pcp, cocaine, "speed"), stroke, toxemia of pregnancy, epilepsy, and many more. If someone has a seizure for the first time, a doctor needs to do tests to find out why.

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Dr. William Singer Dr. Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
47 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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What are the signs that I'm having seizures?

Siezures: Some signs are confusion, difficulty thinking or speaking, loss of postural tone (falling), involuntary movements of the limbs and/or shaking, loss of bladder or bowel control, staromg and stopping an activity, loss of consciousness. Some may experience afeeling of time lost (absence seizure), a sense of being familiar in a strange place.

Dr. Carlo Hatem Dr. Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
21 years in practice
American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
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Will seizure kill me?

Will seizure kill me?

It can: But most people with seizures die from other unrelated causes. Some seizures can become resistant to treatment and become continuous, leading to death. Needless to say, you should not be operating vehicles or machinery.

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen Dr. Cohen
Neurology
30 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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What's absence seizure?

What's absence seizure?

Short lapse of time: Usually in kids; brief episode of eye flutter with loss of awareness. Usually lasts seconds but may be longer. Associated with typical eeg pattern (generalized spike-wave, 3 per second). Often genetic origin. Highly treatable. Often goes away in time.

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Dr. Olav Jaren Dr. Jaren
Neurology
15 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Do seizures cause ms?

Do seizures cause ms?

Causes of MS: There are several factors that may cause MS, and we may not know what all of them are! As far as we know, seizures are not a cause of MS. Most people with MS (about 98%) never have a seizure in their life.

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Danielle Jones Dr. Jones
Obstetrics & Gynecology
68 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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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.

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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