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Types of Seizures

Epilepsy is a condition characterized by seizures. Although individuals might share the same diagnosis of epilepsy, the types of seizures they experience may vary from person to person. This site will address these different types of seizures, how they are characterized, and how they are commonly treated.

Absence Seizure Basics
An absence seizure is a type of seizure that can be characterized by staring, rapid blinking, or repetitive eye and extremity movements. This is also referred to as a petit mal seizure.

Atonic Seizure
An atonic seizure results in a sudden loss of muscle tone and is characterized by a brief loss of consciousness.

Benign Rolandic Epilepsy
Benign Rolandic Epilepsy, or BRE, is a common childhood seizure syndrome. It is also known as Benign Epilepsy of Childhood with Centrotemporal Spikes or BECTS. This syndrome represents approximately 15% of all childhood epilepsy.

Learn more about catamenial epilepsy.

Clonic is a stage in a grand mal seizure where the muscles repetitively jerk and relax. This is one of the stages of a tonic clonic seizure.

Dravet Syndrome

Febrile Seizures In Children
A febrile seizure is one of the types of seizures. It typically occurs in young children and infants. Febrile seizures usually occur because of a recent spike in body temperature, or a fever. Learn more about this type of seizure.

Grand Mal Seizure
A grand mal seizure, or generalized tonic clonic seizure, is a type of seizure that can last a short period of time, but cause injury to a person.

Partial Seizures
Partial seizures are a type of seizure that only involves one area of the brain.

Partial Focal Seizures
Partial focal seizures are a type of seizure that is characterized by contractions in one area of the body. During one of these seizures, you may or may not lose consciousness.

Petit Mal Seizure
A petit mal seizure is also known as an absence seizure. This definition will inform you about petit mal epilepsy and absence seizures.

Status Epilepticus - Management and Causes
What is status epilepticus and what is involved with status epilepticus management? It is a medical emergency where seizures cannot be stopped. The sooner the seizures are managed, the better the outcome in the individual will be.

Temporal Lobe Seizures
A temporal lobe seizure is characterized by a temporary disturbance in movement and emotions. This site will tell you the symptoms, treatments, and how temporal lobe seizures are diagnosed.

The tonic phase of a tonic clonic seizure occurs at the beginning of the seizure. It is characterized by the muscles of the body becoming stiff.

Tonic Clonic Seizures
Tonic clonic seizures are a type of seizure that is characterized by a loss of consciousness and muscle contractions.

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