Status Epilepticus

Status Epilepticus is a prolonged seizure that lasts more than five minutes or repeats without a full recovery between seizures. In the event of Status Epilepticus, call an ambulance, as it is a life-threatening emergency. It can occur with any of the seizure types....

Generalized Seizures

Below is a list of the types of generalized seizures. *An asterisk indicates old terminology Tonic-clonic (Grand Mal)* This seizure may start with a sudden cry and fall, and progress from muscle rigidity to jerking. There is a change in breathing pattern. Breathing...

What is an Aura?

An aura is a sudden, brief warning that a seizure is about to occur. It may take the form of an unpleasant taste or smell, a tingling in the skin, a funny feeling in the stomach, or a visual distortion. It may also occur as a feeling of déjà vu or jamais vu (not...

Focal Seizures

Focal (Formerly Simple Partial) Focal seizures take on many forms. A muscle may jerk uncontrollably in one area of the body. A focal seizure may involve any of the senses. A person may hear, see, or smell things that are not there. Or there may be an unusual sensation...

What is a Seizure?

Brain cells, or neurons, communicate with each other by a combination of electric and chemical signals. These signals travel along a large network of cells in a highly coordinated fashion. During a seizure, the cells temporarily lose the ability to act as individual...