Can a grand mal seizure cause permanent brain damage?

Not likely. A grand mal seizure may originate from pre-existing permanent brain damage, or from a new event such as a tumor or vascular lesion. The events in a grand mal seizure, although dramatic, usually do not increase brain damage unless they are recurrent. You can injure the rest of your body depending upon what you were doing at the time of the seizure. You should see a neurologist; seizure specialist.

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Can grand mal seizures cause severe brain damage?

It can. If the seizure can't be aborted (called status epilepitcus) permanant and severe brain damage can occur. Also if one aspirates during a seizure and becomes hypoxic this too can cause brain damage. Read more...

Do grand mal seizures cause brain damage in children?

Possibly. This depends on multiple factors. It can be a 'chicken and egg' scenario. Is it that the seizure caused the brain damage or the brain damage caused the seizure? But to specifically answer your q, yes, if a seizure is prolonged, or if the oxygen supply gets cut off, then brain damage can occur. That is why it is very important for people to take their seizure meds, to help prevent seizures. Read more...
Seizure. A seizure may already be due to an underlying brain condition. On the other hand uncontrolled seizure can cause brain damage as well. Read more...
Possibly. Usually short seizures do not cause any long term effects. However if a seizure is prolonged, especially if associated with hypoxia (a drop in oxygen in the blood) can possibly injure the brain. Your neurologist could help to answer your question. Read more...

I have grand mal seizure whenever I get one it lasted between 5to10 min. Does not having oxygen to my brain for so long cause damage?

Still oxygenating. Your heart and lungs continue to function normally during a grand mal seizure. Only a CT or MRI can definitively ascertain if there is brain disease causing your symptoms. Read more...
Hopefully not. Grand mal seizures that last over 20 min are seen as a risk for brain damage, but shorter ones are not considered to be a risk for that. Here's a link: However, it is still important that you work w/ your physician on achieving the best management you can. Talk with them about your concern and best treatment planning. I hope it goes well. Read more...

If you have a grand mal seizure and your body turns to the right during the seizure is that indicative that it impacted one side of the brain? Which?

Sounds focal. A primary focus can generalize and cause a full-blown grand mal seizure, and from your description would wonder about a left-sided cerebral focus. You may or may not find a lesion if MRI imaging is done, as could be very tiny area. Read more...

Brain tumor removed 4 years ago. Have been having partial/complex seizures, but two days ago I've had my first grand mal seizure. Why now?

Could be. residual scarring, unrelated condition that lowered your seizure threshold, or even recurrent tumor. Consult again with your neurosurgeon. Read more...
Brain tumor. There are a variety of reasons that you could have suffered a grand mal seizure. First, an MRI of the brain is necessary to exclude a recurrent brain tumor. Second, an EEG may be needed to identify the location of the seizure. Third, missing a medication dose, lack of sleep or food, stress, infection, or other medical problem can trigger a seizure. See your neurologist. . Read more...

Grand mal seizure I had one 3/31. Am going through neuro. Testing now: mri, ct, 2 decho, eeg, etc. I now have short-term memory loss & have trouble completing my sentennces. I knlow the word, but can't get it from brain to mouth, & can't remember a

By . By now you have probably already had the appropriate tests performed to determine the cause and treatment for your malady. If your memory loss persists then look for another cause- i.e. Sleep apnea, medication effect, generalized anxiety, adhd, lack of cognitive stimulation... Good luck and i hope all goes well. Read more...
Encephalopathy. Our brains change with age. Many factors will contribute to the risk for seizures and memory and speech problems. Your doctors will need to evaluate you thoroughly for metabolic problems, blood pressure problems, risk of stroke, risk of cancer, risk of neuro-degenerative disease, etc. I am sure they will provide the necessary and appropriate treatment to help you stay functional and content. Read more...

Is it possible for a grand mal seizure cause permanent damage?

Yes. Beyond bodily injury from seizing ie. Tongue biting, falls etc. Seizures, especially repeated uncontrolled seizures, can eventually lead to significant brain damage. Seizures that go on for a very long time can also lead to reduced oxygenation and brain injury (fortunately such prolonged seizures are quite rare). Read more...