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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 a TIA and petit mal seizure?

What is the difference between a TIA and petit mal seizure?

TIA or seizure?: A petit mal seizure is caused by an electrical disturbance in the brain, it normally lasts about 20 seconds. It is common for it to occur over and over. It often causes involuntary movement, sensation, or visual disturbance. A TIA is also a mini stroke. It is caused by loss of blood flow to part of the brain, resulting in loss of function. It lasts less than 24 hours. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What is the difference between epilepsy and seizure?

What is the difference between epilepsy and seizure?

Epilepsy: Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness.

Seizure is the manifestation of abnormal brain activity ...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's the difference between complex partial seizures and absence seizures?

What's the difference between complex partial seizures and absence seizures?

Different epilepsies: Absence seizures can occur in young children associated with lennox-gastaut, and even petit mal in adolescence which involves brief lack of awareness is a type of absence. These are considered generalized events. Complex partial are focal events, starting with auras, lack of consciousness, peculiar motions or actions, and amnesia for the spells. Specific meds needed for each type. ...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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What is the difference between a myoclonic seizure and myoclonic epilepsy?

Seizure v epilepsy: The easy answer is that epilepsy is a condition of two or more unprovoked seizures. A myoclonic seizure is a single event, myoclonic epilepsy is the tendency to continue to have myoclonic seizures. Normally the two of these are associated though, since most people who have myoclonic seizures have myoclonic epilepsy or a similar form of epilepsy. ...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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Is there a difference between complex partial seizures and absence seizures?

Yes: Complex partial seizures tend to involve grimaces and facial movements while absence seizures are usually just "staring" spells. ...Read more

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What is the difference between regular epilepsy and nocturnal epilepsy?

What is the difference between regular epilepsy and nocturnal epilepsy?

Seizures in sleep: Nocturnal epilepsy is epilepsy (seizures) ocuring during sleep. Sleep increases or brings out many kinds of seizures, so patients with epilepsy may have seizures during sleep. In nocturnal epilepsy, seizures are limited to sleep, such as in benign rolandic epilepsy of childhood, or in certain abnormal movements or behaviors in sleep which can be caused by frontal lobe seizures. ...Read more

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What is the diferenet between seizure and epilepsy?

What is the diferenet between seizure and epilepsy?

One belongs to other: Seizure is a symptom of epilepsy. Anyone can have a seizure due to a number of causes. When someone continues to have seizures, it is called epilepsy. People with epilepsy have recurrent seizures if not treated. Epilepsy is characterized by sudden recurring attacks of motor, sensory, or psychic malfunction with or without loss of consciousness or convulsive seizures. ...Read more

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What is the fdifference between regular epilepsy and nocturnal epilepsy?

Occurs during sleep: Nocturnal epilepsy is epilepsy or seizures occuring at night (during sleep). Sleep tends to bring out seizures that occur any time of day or night, but there are also some seizures that occur only during sleep, such as benign rolandic epilepsy in children or frontal lobe seizures with abnormal movements in sleep in adults. Treatment involves use of medicines to control seizures. ...Read more

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What is the different between seizure and convulsion ?!

Convulsion a subtype: Most consider a convulsion to be a "grand mal" or generalized tonic clonic seizure (primary or secondary). A convulsion is one type of seizure. Some other seizure types include: focal motor (a limb shaking), focal sensory (limb tingling), focal with altered awareness, or absence (short episodes of altered responsiveness often with eye blinks). There are others. ...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 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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What's the difference between pseudoseizures and epilepsy?

What's the difference between pseudoseizures and epilepsy?

Nonepileptic szs: A true epileptic event appears in a stereotypical repetitive fashion and demonstrates a consistent appearance and sequence. A pseudoseizure is somewhat bizarre and varies from spell to spell. Eeg's may show true seizure activity, but are normal with pseudoseizure activity. Pseudoseizures are expressions of psychosomatic events. ...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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What is the relationship between dystonia and epilepsy?

Dystonia: On the surface of the issue, no relation. Dystonia is an involuntary movement disorder arising from problems in deep brain nuclei. Epilepsy is an uncontrolled discharge of cortical (surface) neurons, sometimes resulting in abnormal and involuntary movements. There is an interesting debate on the question of whether dystonia might represent an unusual form of epilepsy in deep brain nuclei. ...Read more

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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

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What is the difference between epilepsy and parkinson's?

Parkinson's disease: Epilepsy is repetitive sudden change in behavior sometimes associated with convulsions, loss of consciousness, and confusion due to abnormal electrical discharge of the brain. Parkinson's disease is a movement disorder due to deficiency of a neurotransmitter in the brain called dopamine. Is characterized by tremors, rigidity, slowing of the movements, balance difficulties. ...Read more

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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