Epilepsy

 

TheBasics

Symptoms

Seizures:

      ♦  Generalized epilepsy: Prodrome may be present. Generalized tonic-clonic seizures with loss of consciousness.
      ♦  Focal or partial epilepsy: Prodrome and auras possible. Either generalized or focal tonic-clonic seizures. Loss of consciousness; true versive head movements; automatism. Disorders of speech or cognition, hallucinations, or autonomic disturbances may be present.

(See International League Against Epilepsy Classification of Epileptic Seizures. )

 

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PatientResources

About Epilepsy
Epilepsy Foundation

 

Epilepsy
Medline Plus (National Institutes of Health)

 

Epilepsy
Mayo Clinic

 

Epilepsy Information Page
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Febrile Seizures Fact Sheet
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

 

Seizures
Medline Plus (National Institutes of Health)