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What is the meaning of tonic clonic seizure?

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In brief: Consistent with

A generalized convulsive seizure.

In brief: Consistent with

A generalized convulsive seizure.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Generalized epilepsy

Tonic-clonic epilepsy refers to a form of epilepsy causing loss of consciousness and having two phases - the tonic phase involves a stiffening of the extremities (tonic) and a clonic phase with jerking of the extremities.
The episodes may begin with involving all extremities at the same time, or may spread from a localized area of brain (partial seizure) to then generalize to the whole brain.

In brief: Generalized epilepsy

Tonic-clonic epilepsy refers to a form of epilepsy causing loss of consciousness and having two phases - the tonic phase involves a stiffening of the extremities (tonic) and a clonic phase with jerking of the extremities.
The episodes may begin with involving all extremities at the same time, or may spread from a localized area of brain (partial seizure) to then generalize to the whole brain.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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In brief: Generalized Epilepsy

The term tonic clonic describes the movement of the extremites that occur during a seizure.
Tonic referring to extension of the limb / clonic - flexion of the limb. This alternating flexion/extension movement is seen in generalized epilepsy or what was once referred to a grand mal epilepsy. Close observation of focal seizures (localized to one side of the body or a limb) will find similar movement.

In brief: Generalized Epilepsy

The term tonic clonic describes the movement of the extremites that occur during a seizure.
Tonic referring to extension of the limb / clonic - flexion of the limb. This alternating flexion/extension movement is seen in generalized epilepsy or what was once referred to a grand mal epilepsy. Close observation of focal seizures (localized to one side of the body or a limb) will find similar movement.
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
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