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Symptoms of Epilepsy

Symptoms of Epilepsy: Introduction

The symptoms, severity, and frequency of epilepsy vary greatly depending on the type of seizure, the cause of the condition, the age and activity level of a person, and other factors.

Many people with epilepsy may experience an aura. An aura is some type of warning that a seizure is approaching. Auras are different in different people, but may include a vague feeing of anxiety or restlessness, visual disturbances, or an unusual sound or odor.

The hallmark symptom of convulsive seizures, also called tonic clonic seizures, in which there is uncontrolled jerking of the body, is not present in all types of epilepsy. Falling, loss of consciousness, and convulsive seizures are typical of grand mal seizures. Symptoms of petit mal seizures are far more subtle and include staring into space, confusion, and being temporarily unresponsive.

During a simple partial seizure, a person does not lose consciousness, but does experience uncontrollable muscle twitching in one area of the body that extends to other areas. During complex partial seizures, a person displays unusual behaviours, such as smacking lips or walking in circles.

Life threatening complications of epilepsy include status epilepticus, in which a seizure lasts more than five minutes or recur frequently. sudden unexplained death in epilepsy can also occur rarely....more about Epilepsy »

Symptoms of Epilepsy

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Epilepsy includes the 31 symptoms listed below:

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Epilepsy: Symptom Checkers

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Epilepsy: Symptom Assessment Questionnaires

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Epilepsy: Complications

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Diagnostic Testing

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Epilepsy: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Epilepsy?

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Other Possible Causes of these Symptoms

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Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Epilepsy:

Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology (Excerpt)

Epilepsy can strike at any time of life --- from infancy to old age. While epilepsy varies widely in type and severity, all forms of this disorder are characterized by recurring seizures resulting from abnormal cell firing in the brain. (Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)

NINDS Epilepsy Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)

Having a seizure does not necessarily mean that a person has epilepsy. Only when a person has had two or more seizures is he or she considered to have epilepsy. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Epilepsy Information Page: NINDS)

Epilepsy as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Epilepsy, it is also important to consider Epilepsy as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Epilepsy may cause:

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Epilepsy as a symptom:

For a more detailed analysis of Epilepsy as a symptom, including causes, drug side effect causes, and drug interaction causes, please see our Symptom Center information for Epilepsy.

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Epilepsy. This signs and symptoms information for Epilepsy has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Epilepsy signs or Epilepsy symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Epilepsy may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Epilepsy symptoms.


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