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What Are Narcoleptic Seizures
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.
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.
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.
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 wellSee 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer