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What is the difference between absence and grand mal seizure?

What is the difference between absence and grand mal seizure?

Both generalized: Absence is just a staring spell of few seconds grand mal is generalized jerking seizures, cause injury and last longer. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)

A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...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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How can you tell the difference between a petit and grand mal seizure?

Very different: An eeg tells the definitive difference because they have different brain wave patterns. But clinically petit mal are absence seizures where the person just blanks out for a second and then starts up like nothing happened. Grand mal involves the whole body in what is called tonic-clonic where arms and legs twitch and convulse. Eyes roll back in head, loss of consciousness. ...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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How to know the difference,aura migraine and aura seizure?Get no headache.Dizzy,blind,confused,hot,speech prob,heart palput.dad had grand mal seizure.

How to know the difference,aura migraine and aura seizure?Get no headache.Dizzy,blind,confused,hot,speech prob,heart palput.dad had grand mal seizure.

Hard to tell: The best way to tell would be either having an EEG while you have the symptoms, or having a headache or a seizure after the symptoms. But if these symptoms are isolated, and this is all the information we have, it cannot be definitely called a seizure or a migraine aura. ...Read more

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What can I do to limit the amount of grand mal seizures I have?

What can I do to limit the amount of grand mal seizures I have?

Management: Epilepsy can rarely be cured. But it can be managed. Usually good health habits and an appropriate medication will give control. For some surgery is necessary or combination medications. Special devices such as vagal nerve stimulator may be appropriate. Consult at an epilepsy center focused on best management would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Can a grand mal seizure cause death?

Can a grand mal seizure cause death?

Yes: Epilepsy needs to be treated, with either anti-epileptic meds, vagal nerve stimulator, surgery or all of the above. Sudep is death during sleep, seizure while driving or at heights can be deadly. While aspiration and suffocation quite rare, if it happens, it can be deadly. Got the picture, always try to prevent future seizures. ...Read more

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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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Could I die from having a grand mal seizure?

Could I die from having a grand mal seizure?

Take your medication: Yes, if you have a generalized seizure at heights or have spell while driving, you could easily meet your maker. If you do not take your medications, and have nocturnal episodes, SUDEP, sudden death in epilepsy might be another risk. If you have good medical control, risks are rather low. ...Read more

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Grand mal seizure on awakening best medicine?

Grand mal seizure on awakening best medicine?

Depends on type: There are more than one reason for seizures to preferentially occur upon awakening (or going to sleep) such as jme (juvenile myoclonic epilepsy) and tonic seizures. If it is jme then Depakote is the drug of choice. For tonic-clonic seizures Lamictal is also used. Have a talk with your neurologist about your seizure type so you will be better suited to answer that question in full. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you be conscious during a grand mal seizure?

Not likely: Grand mal or generalized tonic clonic seizures are episodes when folks "lose consciousness" followed by generalized body stiffening (tonic phase). ...Read more

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Can you tell me what could cause a grand mal seizure?

Can you tell me what could cause a grand mal seizure?

Multiple causes: The mayo clinic has a good site on this: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/grand-mal-seizure/basics/causes/con-20021356. If you are experiencing seizures, it is recommended you consult a neurologist. Driving can be restricted based in the state you live in, if you are having seizures. Hope that helps to answer your question! ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what can cause a grand mal seizure?

Can anyone tell me what can cause a grand mal seizure?

Multiple causes: The mayo clinic has a good site on this: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/grand-mal-seizure/basics/causes/con-20021356. If you are experiencing seizures, it is recommended you consult a neurologist. Driving can be restricted based in the state you live in, if you are having seizures. Hope that helps to answer your question! ...Read more

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Is it possible to be conscious for a grand mal seizure?

Is it possible to be conscious for a grand mal seizure?

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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Is it possible for a grand mal seizure cause permanent damage?

Is it possible for a grand mal seizure cause permanent damage?

Yes: Beyond bodily injury from seizing ie. Tongue biting, falls etc. Seizures, especially repeated uncontrolled seizures, can eventually lead to significant brain damage. Seizures that go on for a very long time can also lead to reduced oxygenation and brain injury (fortunately such prolonged seizures are quite rare). ...Read more

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Grand mal seizure on awakening has good pronosis with medicine?

Grand mal seizure on awakening has good pronosis with medicine?

Depends on cause: Seizures are a symptoms of brain dysfunction. Tumor or infection must be ruled out as well as toxic or metabolic cause. If no cause is found, good control should be expected. One time event may not need chronic medication. A thorough evaluation is necessary then discussion of options with your doctor. ...Read more

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After first grand mal seizure, is it necessary to go on medication?

50%: If eeg is abnormal, chances are there is more seizures to follow for first seizure with normal eeg depend on cause of seizure, only 50% may have a recurrence after one seizure. ...Read more

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I had a grand mal seizure, first one ever,,im 51, will,i have another?

Possible.: Depends upon cause. Many seizures have an identified cause and don't recur once the cause is removed or cured (medications, alcohol, metabolic disturbance, head trauma, etc.). However, if no cause can be found then recurrence is always possible. You should be talking to your doc about this. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a person has a grand mal seizure, or a series of them?

Brain pathology: A seizure is triggered by abnormal brain chemical and electrical activity, and is due to areas of abnormal function. The grand mal may be secondary to an area of focal dysfnctn, but could be triggered by lack of medication, infection, lack of sleep, chemical imbalances, medication reactions, recreational drugs, etc. These situations require immediate attention. ...Read more

Dr. Justin ORourke
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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


Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsion = violent, involuntary contraction(s) of the muscles which may occur due ...Read more