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Whats a complex partial seizure?

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Complex partial seizures affect a larger area of the brain than simple partial seizures.
It affects consciousness-person can't interact or control movements, speech or actions; doesn't know what their doing; can't remember afterwards what happened during the seizure. Often take place in the temporal lobes-bilat. Cereb.Hemispheres sometimes referred to as temporal lobe epilepsy/psychomotor epilepsy.

In brief: See below

Complex partial seizures affect a larger area of the brain than simple partial seizures.
It affects consciousness-person can't interact or control movements, speech or actions; doesn't know what their doing; can't remember afterwards what happened during the seizure. Often take place in the temporal lobes-bilat. Cereb.Hemispheres sometimes referred to as temporal lobe epilepsy/psychomotor epilepsy.
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology
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In brief: Lapse of awareness

Usually under 90 second episodes of loss of awareness, with automatic behaviors (picking at clothes, smacking lips, fumbling with objects).
Person may look awake, but stares, and is unable to respond. Has loss of memory for at least some of the seizure. Associated with typical eeg abnormality. Most commonly arise from temporal lobe of brain. Most common seizure type in adults.

In brief: Lapse of awareness

Usually under 90 second episodes of loss of awareness, with automatic behaviors (picking at clothes, smacking lips, fumbling with objects).
Person may look awake, but stares, and is unable to respond. Has loss of memory for at least some of the seizure. Associated with typical eeg abnormality. Most commonly arise from temporal lobe of brain. Most common seizure type in adults.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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