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

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: More than one more t

A single jerk would be called a myoclonic jerk characterizing myoclonic seizure

In brief: More than one more t

A single jerk would be called a myoclonic jerk characterizing myoclonic seizure
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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