A to Z Symptom: Seizure
May also be called: Febrile Seizures; Absence Seizures; Tonic-Clonic Seizures; Petit Mal Seizures; Grand Mal Seizures
More to Know
"Seizure" is a general term that refers to sudden abnormal electrical discharges in the brain that can cause someone to collapse, convulse, or have another temporary disturbance of normal brain function, often with a loss or change in consciousness. A person who has had two or more seizures may be diagnosed with epilepsy, also known as seizure disorder.
Seizures can have many different causes, and learning the specific cause of a seizure is critical to its treatmeant.
Keep in Mind
Seizures can be frightening, but most last only a few minutes, stop on their own, and are not life-threatening.
All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.
- First Aid: Seizures
- Febrile Seizures
- First Aid: Febrile Seizures
- A to Z: Seizure, Absence
- A to Z: Seizure, Tonic-Clonic
- Breath-Holding Spells
- First Aid: Fainting
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