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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. Seizures and Epilepsy: Hope through Research From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)  
    ... jewelry stating that they have epilepsy or a seizure disorder. After the seizure ends, the person will probably ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  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. ... 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 ...
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