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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. Seizures and Epilepsy Interactive Tutorial (Patient Education Institute)  
    ... once. Sometimes people use the terms seizures or seizure disorder to indicate epilepsy. Epilepsy is the fourth most ... reviewed: 02/07/2014 7 Women with a seizure disorder can get pregnant and safely deliver a healthy ...
  6. Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Treating Epilepsy (American Academy of Neurology) - PDF  
    ... LGS is a rare and serious form of seizure disorder. It usually affects children before age 4. LGS ... apnea for people with the condition I HAVE EPILEPSY, AND MY CURRENT THERAPY IS NOT HELPING ME. ...
  7. Women with Epilepsy: Drug Risks and Safety During Pregnancy (American Academy of Neurology) - PDF  
    ... Guideline for PATIENTS and ThEIr FAMILIES WOMEN WITh EPILEPSY: DrUG rISKS AND SAFETY DUrING PrEGNANCY I have epilepsy and plan to become pregnant. Will taking an ...
  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. ... catalog Conditions > Spinal muscular atrophy with progressive myoclonic epilepsy On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ... What is spinal muscular atrophy with progressive myoclonic epilepsy? Spinal muscular atrophy with progressive myoclonic epilepsy (SMA- ...
  10. Genetics Home Reference: Northern epilepsy From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... Recent literature OMIM Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Northern epilepsy On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ... Glossary definitions Reviewed September 2013 What is Northern epilepsy? Northern epilepsy is a genetic condition that causes ...
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