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I was wondering what your brain looks like during a seziure? Does your brain look diffrent during a seziure from the electronic bursts

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Dr. Randi Leggett
Internal Medicine
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We can tell what your brain looks like electrically during a seizure- if you happened to have an eeg machine hooked up at the time.
It is quite dramatic. But if your question is does it look physically different, then i don't think anyone has ever witnessed that except maybe in an animal lab or during neurosurgery. A seizure is a wild discharge of a lot of electrical activity that makes your brain tell your body to do odd things- shake uncontrollably, start absently into space, smell funny odors- there's a lot of different ways folks experience seizures. Fortunately seizures with proper medications can be controlled and you can live a fairly normal life for the most part.

In brief: We

We can tell what your brain looks like electrically during a seizure- if you happened to have an eeg machine hooked up at the time.
It is quite dramatic. But if your question is does it look physically different, then i don't think anyone has ever witnessed that except maybe in an animal lab or during neurosurgery. A seizure is a wild discharge of a lot of electrical activity that makes your brain tell your body to do odd things- shake uncontrollably, start absently into space, smell funny odors- there's a lot of different ways folks experience seizures. Fortunately seizures with proper medications can be controlled and you can live a fairly normal life for the most part.
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Dr. Herbert Krob
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The electrochemical activity that occurs in the brain during even very bad seizures is measured in microvolts (millionths of a volt), and is not visible.
To detect it at all requires amplification by special a special device called an electroencephalograph (or eeg) that represents the activity as squiggles on a monitor. You can see what an eeg of a seizure looks like by going to google, clicking on "images" and typing "eeg seizure" in the search field. Generating even that small amount of electrochemical activity requires a lot of energy (in the form of glucose) and oxygen. The brain gets both of these from the blood, and parts of the brain that are active in a seizure have increased blood supply. There are a couple of ways to generate pictures of the increased blood flow or energy use in the brain. One of these is called "positron emission tomography" (or pet), and another is called "single positron emission computed tomography" (or spect). You can see what seizures "look like" by going to google, clicking on "images" and typing "spect seizure" or "pet seizure" in the search field.

In brief: The

The electrochemical activity that occurs in the brain during even very bad seizures is measured in microvolts (millionths of a volt), and is not visible.
To detect it at all requires amplification by special a special device called an electroencephalograph (or eeg) that represents the activity as squiggles on a monitor. You can see what an eeg of a seizure looks like by going to google, clicking on "images" and typing "eeg seizure" in the search field. Generating even that small amount of electrochemical activity requires a lot of energy (in the form of glucose) and oxygen. The brain gets both of these from the blood, and parts of the brain that are active in a seizure have increased blood supply. There are a couple of ways to generate pictures of the increased blood flow or energy use in the brain. One of these is called "positron emission tomography" (or pet), and another is called "single positron emission computed tomography" (or spect). You can see what seizures "look like" by going to google, clicking on "images" and typing "spect seizure" or "pet seizure" in the search field.
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