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What is the difference between a convulsion and a seizure?

What is the difference between a convulsion and a seizure?

Semantics: A person may experience a sudden event with strange behavior and altered awareness. The brain and body appear to be seized by some unknown force. This can be called a seizure. If the behavior involves tonic stiffening and then clinic jerking of the body, then it is referred to as a convulsion. Often there is difficulty breathing and foamy saliva in the mouth and perhaps incontinence. ...Read more

Dr. Rajiva Goyal
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Syncope (Definition)

Loss of consciousness and postural tone caused by diminished cerebral blood flow. Syncope may indicate a particular medical condition, however often it may occur in an otherwise healthy individual. It is a common problem, accounting for 3% ...Read more


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What is the difference between convulsions and seizures?

What is the difference between convulsions and seizures?

Convulsion or seizr: A convulsion describes a certain type of seizure, one that includes loss of consciousness and involuntary movement on both sides of the body. A seizure is an aberrant electrical discharge on the surface of the brain, which may involve loss of consciousness, or not, as well as involuntary movement, or not. There are many types of seizures, too many to describe in this small box. ...Read more

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What are the difference between seizures and convulsions?

What are the difference between seizures and convulsions?

Very little.: You can say that seizures is the more specific term - you can have convulsions of laughter, but not seizures of laughter. ...Read more

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Every time I get my blood drawn I get a major headache about 30 secs afterwards and then pass out & have convulsions. What could be the cause of that?

Every time I get my blood drawn I get a major headache about 30 secs afterwards and then pass out & have convulsions. What could be the cause of that?

Vasovagal syncope: Vasovagal response or neurocardiogenic syncope. In response to the skin being punctured the nerves are triggered in the brain stem that causes a slowing of the heart rate, then the blood pressure drops, and fainting occurs from lack of blood flow to the brain. Prior to losing consciousness, the person feels lightheaded, nauseated, fuzzy thoughts, weakness, tunnel vision, and extremely hot or cold. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between what a seizure feels like and what passing out feels like?

I want to know what is the difference between what a seizure feels like and what passing out feels like?

Can be hard to tell: Seizures can be preceded by an "aura", a feeling that the seizure is coming. This could be a strange smell, taste, feeling, visual hallucination. Passing out is typically preceded by a feeling of lightheadness, and/or nausea, sweatiness. Dangerous causes of passing out have no warning. You will be doing something and bam, you wake up on the floor. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Why do they call convulsions fits?

Why do they call convulsions fits?

Fits: Fit is episode, like rage fits. Convulsions occur in episodes, like fits. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I have chest convulsions/spasms?

What do you advise if I have chest convulsions/spasms?

Vague: your symptom description is unclear. But start with seeing your Primary physician ...Read more

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What to do in an emergency situation with a child having convulsion?

What to do in an emergency situation with a child having convulsion?

Seizures/epilepsy: Gently put child on the ground. Loosen clothing around the neck. Do not try to hold the child down or restrain, this can result in injury. Do not insert any objects in the person's mouth; this can also cause injury. Reassure concerned bystanders and ask them to give the child room. Remove sharp objects (glasses, furniture, etc.) from around to prevent injury. Call 911 if the seizure lasts >5 min. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm having really painful convulsions a few days after coccyx injury!?

What to do if I'm having really painful convulsions a few days after coccyx injury!?

See a doctor ASAP: Painful convulsions could be a sign of serious injury. An immediate thorough evaluation by a physician is necessary. ...Read more

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Had a convulsion last night, then i think i started to have another one just now. What can cause these?

Had a convulsion last night, then i think i started to have another one just now. What can cause these?

Why convulsions?: In order to find out why you are having seizures you should consult a neurologist for an evaluation. ...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


Passed Out (Definition)

Or passing out implies loss of consciousness. Frequently a cardiac ...Read more