Epileptic Seizures

  • Thalia Valeta
Chapter

Abstract

Epileptic seizures are short-lived events of symptoms caused by bursts of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. The symptoms depend on the brain areas affected by the electrical discharges. Epileptic seizures are generalized or focal. It is important to know what type of seizures you have because often the treatment differs from one to another type. It is also significant to recognize the symptoms of minor epileptic seizures because these define the affected area of the brain and may warn you on a forthcoming major convulsive seizure.

Keywords

Seizures Epilepsy Generalized convulsions Absence seizures Myoclonic seizures Focal aware seizures Focal impaired awareness seizures Reflex seizures 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thalia Valeta
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.First Neurology and Psychiatry ClinicUniversity of Athens, Aeginition HospitalAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Neurophysiology and EpilepsiesSt. Thomas’ HospitalLondonUK

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