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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 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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What is like to witness a tonic clonic seizure?

What is like to witness a tonic clonic seizure?

Scarry: You feel the person may die, or injure himself, but that may not happen if you are a good witness you job is to protect that person from injury. ...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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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?

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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What is the definition or description of: Tonic clonic seizure?

What is the definition or description of: Tonic clonic seizure?

Seizure: A tonic clonic seizure is a generalized seizure involving loss of consciousness and is associated with both tonic and clonic movements. ...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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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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Tonic-clonic seizure and epileptic seizure: are they the same thing?

Subset....: Tonic-clonic seizures are one type of epileptic seizure...Amongst many different types of seizures. ...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

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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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What i want to know, if I have a tonic clonic seizure, should someone call 911 immediately, or should they still wait 5 minutes?

Self limited seizure: Most seizures are short and self limited, usually from 2-5 minutes. If you have had seizures in the past and had them stop spontaneously, the waiting time should be that time if it is less than 5-7 minutes. If there is any indication of respiratory distress, or a fall from which a head injury occurred, i would call 911 immediately. ...Read more

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Should you cover someone with a blanket after a tonic clonic seizure?

Should you cover someone with a blanket after a tonic clonic seizure?

Not needed: There is no need to cover someone after a tonic-clonic seizure. If you see a seizure, help the person to the ground so they cannot fall. Turn them to one side, to reduce the risk of choking. Do not put anything in their mouth. Do NOT perform CPR. If they do not stop after 5 minutes, call for emergency help. ...Read more

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How long following a tonic clonic seizure would an EEG be able to pick up any abnormal activity?

How long following a tonic clonic seizure would an EEG be able to pick up any abnormal activity?

Interictal findings: A seizure does not need to occur to find abnormalities between seizures. These are called interictal abnormalities and can be enhanced with sleep deprivation. An eeg is not very sensitive or specific and frequently further detection strategies are required. Good luck in well wishes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a tonic-clonic seizure with no epilepsy?

Is it possible to have a tonic-clonic seizure with no epilepsy?

Yes; possible.: Children who have had a single tonic-clonic seizure, the risk that they will have more seizures depends on many factors. Some will outgrow their epilepsy. Some need to be controlled by seizure medicines. Many who are seizure-free for a few yrs. While taking seizure medicine will stay seizure-free if the medicine is gradually stopped. If exam & eeg is normal, 70% will stay seizure free w/o meds. ...Read more

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I had a tonic-clonic seizure and the neurologist told me not to drive for six months. What are the laws?

I had a tonic-clonic seizure and the neurologist told me not to drive for six months.  What are the laws?

Different from S to: The seizure-free period required varies from state to state. For example if you are in texas is 6 months. Find out which the requirement in your state. This is for your protection and the protection of others. A different but tangential issue is that there are 6 states requiring that the physician must report the person who had the seizure to the transit authority: calif, delaw, n, nj. Oregon, pen. ...Read more

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Why do people vomit with a tonic clonic seizure?

Toxic effect: A seizure is a reaction of the brain to a toxic condition. If the region of the brain that controls nausea and vomiting are involved, then the seizure will cause vomiting. In addition, some patients develop migraine symptoms following a seizure. The vomiting can lead to aspiration pneumonia, that is why they should be laid on their side and nothing put in the mouth. ...Read more

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Please explain why people vomit after a tonic clonic seizure?

Please explain why people vomit after a tonic clonic seizure?

Not very common: A generalized seizure could result in tongue biting with bleeding and tendency to choke and trigger vomiting. Rare that folks actually choke on tongue but this could trigger a gag reflex with vomiting. Aspiration into the lung is likewise uncommon but this too could provoke the GI distress. ...Read more

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How common is it to have a tonic-clonic seizure with no history of epilepsy?

How common is it to have a tonic-clonic seizure with no history of epilepsy?

Seizures vs epilepsy: Tonic clonic seizures is a type of seizures, as opposed to absence or partial seizures caused by a variety of causes including drugs, medications, trauma, stroke, electrolyte disorder to have epilepsy is to have recrurrent unprovoked seizures, so we cannot compare apples and oranges. ...Read more

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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


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Convulsion (Definition)

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