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About Seizures

There are many types of seizures, ranging from staring spells to twitching to loss of consciousness, and lasting seconds or minutes

Others may not notice that you are having a seizure. No matter how serious your seizure is, if it is your first, you should seek emergency medical help immediately to determine if there is an obvious cause.

Having a seizure doesn't necessarily mean you have epilepsy. Given particular conditions (such as exposure to certain drugs, high fever, or electrical stimulation), anyone can have a seizure. That's why it's important to have a thorough evaluation that lets your doctors pinpoint where the seizures are happening and what might be causing them.

To provide you with helpful health information related to seizures, please refer to the following articles on our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise® Health Encyclopedia website:

  • Seizure: A seizure is a sudden change in behavior due to an excess of electrical activity in the brain.
  • Temporal Lobe Seizure: Seizures in this area may begin with intense feelings, memories, or other senses.
  • Petit Mal Seizure: A short lack of consciousness, occuring most often in those under 20 years of age.
  • Grand Mal Seizure: This seizure involves the entire body and can include muscle rigidity and contractions, and loss of consciousness.
  • Febrile Seizure: A child can have a febrile seizure if he or she has a fever, and no other underlying cause.
  • Partial Seizure: A partial seizure only affects a particular part of the brain.
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