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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizure (Definition)

Seizure is also known as Generalized seizures in adults. 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 ...Read more


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What is tonic-clonic seizure?

What is tonic-clonic seizure?

Full body convulsion: Involves both arms/legs with loss of consciousness. Tonic phase is stiffness; clonic phase involves jerking of arms/legs. Associated with tongue biting/loss of urine. May be due to genetic factors (involves both sides of brain at onset) or acquired factors (e.g. Stroke, but others) (starts in one place of brain and spreads). Usually lasts up to 90 seconds. Very treatable. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as a partial tonic clonic seizure?

Yes: It's possible to have a partial motor seizure affecting one side of the body without alteration of consciousness. ...Read more

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I have not had tonic clonic seizure for over 5 years...Am i safe?

Maybe: It would depend upon a number of factors: reason for seizures (genetic/acquired), results of your tests (eeg/mri), how easily your seizures were controlled in the first place. Some people are successfully weaned off their anti-seizures medications after being seizure free for two years. However, some with certain forms of genetic epilepsy recur off medications even when seizure free for years. ...Read more

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What does it feel like when you have a tonic clonic seizure?

You do not feel: No awareness what so ever, loss of consiousness, jerking, tongue bitting, injury like broken bone, incontinence--it take some time to recover if there is an emotional experience it is not primary it was a partial seiz which generalized. ...Read more

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Can you tell me for how long does a tonic-clonic seizure last?

Average: The average for a GTC is around 2.5 minutes. 3 is common. 4 is getting pretty long. 5 is a medical emergency. Recovery takes much longer, of course. ...Read more

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How much jerking do you have to do before you call it a tonic-clonic seizure?

Tonic-clonic jerks: A brief seizure with jerking only for a few seconds can still be a tonic-clonic seizure. To know you need to have an experienced observer who has seen one before. There is no way you can identify this yourself (since you would be unconscious). Other indications that a tonic-clonic seizure occurred include: biting your tongue, wetting yourself, a vertebral fracture, or gasping for breath afterwards. ...Read more

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Are a tonic-clonic seizure and an epileptic seizure the same?

Are a tonic-clonic seizure and an epileptic seizure the same?

It is a type of sz: A tonic clonic seizure is a type of seizure when there are alternating movements of muscle stiffening and contraction on both sides. There are many other types of seizures besides this one, including partial seizure, absence seizure, myoclonic seizure, complex partial seizure, etc. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a pseudoseizure and a tonic-clonic seizure?

May look the same: They may look the same. The biggest difference is the brain waves are different- that is what makes EEG recording so helpful for distinguishing these from each other. Some people have both. ...Read more

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