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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...

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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...

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Seizure Triggers

A seizure trigger is an event that sets off a seizure and is unique to each individual. Knowing what triggers your seizures can help you plan and prepare. For instance, if you know lack of sleep triggers a seizure you can do your very best to make sure you get the...

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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...

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