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epileptic seizure

n. convulsions accompanied by impaired consciousness

Epileptic seizure

An epileptic seizure (colloquially a fit) is a brief episode of signs or symptoms due to abnormal excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain. The outward effect can vary from uncontrolled jerking movement (tonic-clonic seizure) to as subtle as a momentary loss of awareness (absence seizure). Diseases of the brain characterized by an enduring predisposition to generate epileptic seizures are collectively called epilepsy.

Seizures can also occur in people who do not have epilepsy for various reasons including brain trauma, drug use, elevated body temperature, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels) and hypoxia (low levels of oxygen to the brain). Additionally, there are a number of conditions that look like epileptic seizures but are not.

A first seizure generally does not require long term treatment with anti-seizure medications unless there is a specific problem on either electroencephalogram or brain imaging.

5–10% of people who live to 80 years old have at least one epileptic seizure and the chance of experiencing a second seizure is between 40% and 50%. About 50% of patients with an unprovoked apparent “first seizure” have had other minor seizures, so their diagnosis is epilepsy. Epilepsy affects about 1% of the population currently and affected about 4% of the population at some point in time. Most of those affected—nearly 80%—live in developing countries.

Usage examples of "epileptic seizure".

This meant determining which of the forty electrodes would stop an epileptic seizure, and locking in the appropriate switches on the subdermal computer.

She was standing over Guess, who was on the floor behind the console in the throes of a classic epileptic seizure.

Sefelt suffers a severe epileptic seizure, which Nurse Ratched says was caused by his refusal to take his medication.

For example, it is entirely possible to devise a self-contained feedback loop in which the signs of an on-coming epileptic seizure are recognized and appropriate brain centers are automatically stimulated to forestall or ameliorate the attack.

They could indeed have been caused by an epileptic seizure, a convulsive fit.

It's a muscle relaxant, and doctors use it to bring a patient out of convulsions-usually when somebody's having an epileptic seizure, but I guess there are some other things that cause convulsions as well.

One of Campbell's slaves had suffered an epileptic seizure four days before, happening to recover abruptly from it just as I laid an exploratory hand on his chest.

Claude tried the taps on the double-basin sink, only to be rewarded with the plumbing equivalent of an epileptic seizure and water the color of rust.

The fact that she was having regular nightmares about it, and now wished she had invented an excuse not to do it-faulty gun, jammed door lock, epileptic seizure-didn't mean she was suddenly unfit to run with the big boys.

If you mean he had an epileptic seizure, I'm pretty sure he didn't.

If we adopt the assumption, then of course what medical materialism insists on must be true in a general way, if not in every detail: Saint Paul certainly had once an epileptoid, if not an epileptic seizure.

For a moment Wendell Green, still bobbing around like a man in the throes of an epileptic seizure, is in the assassin's path.