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Glossary

Have you found a word while reading that you don't know the definition of? Look no further! Definitions to the common words you may encounter in epilepsy are here.

Myoclonus
The definition of myoclonus is an involuntary twitching of muscles in the body. They can be used to describe certain types of seizures or seen in other neurological conditions.

Neuron
A neuron or nerve cell is a type of cell that makes up the brain and spinal cord. Having damage to the neuron may cause you to have a seizure.

Idiopathic Epilepsy
Idiopathic epilepsy is a form of epilepsy where the cause of the seizures is unknown.

Interictal
Learn about the definition of interictal as it relates to seizures.

Intractable Seizure
Learn more about intractable seizures.

Ictal
The period of time that refers to the events that take place during a seizure. This could include EEG changes or the characteristics of the seizure.

Post-Ictal
Refers to the period of time after a seizure has occured. During the post-ictal state, their may be problems after a seizure or the patient may be unconscious.

Definition of Seizure
A seizure is an abnormal communication between cells within the brain.

What Is An Aura?
A distinctive feeling or perception experienced by someone that occurs before they have a seizure.

Definition of Anticonvulsant
Another name for a medication that can be taken to treat and prevent seizures in epilepsy.

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