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Seizures are symptoms of a brain problem. They happen because of sudden, abnormal electrical activity in the brain. When people think of seizures, they often think of convulsions in which a person's body shakes rapidly and uncontrollably. Not all seizures cause convulsions. There are many types of seizures and some have mild symptoms. Seizures fall into two main groups. Focal seizures, also called partial seizures, happen in just one part of the brain. Generalized seizures are a result of abnormal activity on both sides of the brain.

Most seizures last from 30 seconds to 2 minutes and do not cause lasting harm. However, it is a medical emergency if seizures last longer than 5 minutes or if a person has many seizures and does not wake up between them. Seizures can have many causes, including medicines, high fevers, head injuries and certain diseases. People who have recurring seizures due to a brain disorder have epilepsy.

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  1. Seizures (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... recurring seizures due to a brain disorder have epilepsy. NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  2. Seizure Disorders in Pregnancy (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) - PDF  
    ... needed to control seizures. If I have a seizure disorder, can it cause problems during pregnancy? Seizure disorders ... Can seizures be controlled? • If I have a seizure disorder, can it cause problems during pregnancy? • What risks ...
  3. Temporal lobe epilepsy; Seizure disorder ... Epilepsy occurs when permanent changes in the brain cause it to be too excitable or irritable. As ...
  4. Epilepsy (National Library of Medicine)  
    Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes people to have recurring seizures. The seizures happen when clusters ... may have violent muscle spasms or lose consciousness. Epilepsy has many possible causes, including illness, brain injury, ...
  5. ... and guide treatment and life planning. Seizure disorders Seizure Disorder, also called epilepsy , occurs in as many as ... seizure disorder or abnormal brain wave patterns. Epilepsy (seizure disorder) is a pattern of repeated seizures, causes include ...
  6. ... OMIM Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Lafora progressive myoclonus epilepsy On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ... Reviewed July 2009 What is Lafora progressive myoclonus epilepsy? Lafora progressive myoclonus epilepsy is a brain disorder ...
  7. ... literature OMIM Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ... definitions Reviewed February 2013 What is pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy? Pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy is a condition that involves ...
  8. ... Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Pyridoxal 5'-phosphate-dependent epilepsy On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ... June 2008 What is pyridoxal 5'-phosphate-dependent epilepsy? Pyridoxal 5'-phosphate-dependent epilepsy is a condition ...
  9. Employees with Epilepsy (Office of Disability Employment Policy)  
    ... epilepsy can be used interchangeably with the term seizure disorder; epilepsy is a chronic condition and cannot be ... cases reported each year (CDC, 2013). What causes epilepsy? Epilepsy has many possible causes. Anything that disturbs ...
  10. ... Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > PRICKLE1-related progressive myoclonus epilepsy with ataxia On this page: Description Genetic changes ... December 2011 What is PRICKLE1-related progressive myoclonus epilepsy with ataxia? PRICKLE1 -related progressive myoclonus epilepsy with ...
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