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What are partial seizures?

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Dr. K. Olson
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Only part of brain

At least at onset these seizures affect only part of the brain.
Typically one remains awake - unless generalized to the other hemisphere or occasionally with complex partial seizures. Often confused with panic disorder, migraine headaches, dissociation, amnesia, schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, and medication/elicit drug reactions.

In brief: Only part of brain

At least at onset these seizures affect only part of the brain.
Typically one remains awake - unless generalized to the other hemisphere or occasionally with complex partial seizures. Often confused with panic disorder, migraine headaches, dissociation, amnesia, schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, and medication/elicit drug reactions.
Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olson
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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Start somewhere 1st

Epileptic seizures that start on one side of the brain.
Represents excessive abnormal electrical activity. May take different forms depending upon what part of brain is affected. The temporal lobe is the most common area of origin. Seizures may remain localized or may spread throughout the brain.

In brief: Start somewhere 1st

Epileptic seizures that start on one side of the brain.
Represents excessive abnormal electrical activity. May take different forms depending upon what part of brain is affected. The temporal lobe is the most common area of origin. Seizures may remain localized or may spread throughout the brain.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Have a focus

The terminology has been established for many decades and throughout the world.
Seizures are generalized if they start in a diffuse manner all over the brain. Seizures are partial if they start from a defined focus. Partial seizures are simple if they do not alter consciousness or awareness. They are complex if there is alteration in awareness. They can secondarily generalize.

In brief: Have a focus

The terminology has been established for many decades and throughout the world.
Seizures are generalized if they start in a diffuse manner all over the brain. Seizures are partial if they start from a defined focus. Partial seizures are simple if they do not alter consciousness or awareness. They are complex if there is alteration in awareness. They can secondarily generalize.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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