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What is a simple partial seizure vs. A complex partial seizure?
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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology
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In brief: Simple v complex sz
The difference has to do with alertness.
A simple partial seizure: the person is awake, alert, and they can feel the seizure- it may cause arm or face twitching, tingling or a visual sensation Complex partial seizure: the person may look awake, but they are not alert, and they may have no memory of the seizure or anything that occurs during the seizure. This may look like staring.

In brief: Simple v complex sz
The difference has to do with alertness.
A simple partial seizure: the person is awake, alert, and they can feel the seizure- it may cause arm or face twitching, tingling or a visual sensation Complex partial seizure: the person may look awake, but they are not alert, and they may have no memory of the seizure or anything that occurs during the seizure. This may look like staring.
Dr. Olav Jaren
Dr. Olav Jaren
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Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Simple vs complex
Complex has some alteration of mental state, the person is not completely aware simple can be motor movements or sensory experience with full alertness.

In brief: Simple vs complex
Complex has some alteration of mental state, the person is not completely aware simple can be motor movements or sensory experience with full alertness.
Dr. Gamal Boutros
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Dr. Andrew Reeves
Specifically, complex...means memories are not being made during the seizure. Simple... means memory is intact throughout.
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