Simple partial seizures occur in children and adults with some forms
epilepsy. They are about half as common as complex
The person stays awake and aware during the seizure. The seizure
may be only a strange smell or taste, sound or visual disturbance, or feeling
of confusion, anxiety, or fear-some people describe these sensations as an
aura. The person's arms, face, or hands may briefly
stiffen, tingle, flex, or jerk, but this does not always occur. Eyes may blink
rapidly during the seizure. The person may cry out or may not be able to
Treatments for epilepsy have come a long way in the last decade. Doctors have more than twice as many epilepsymedications to choose from than they did 10 years ago. They've learned more about the causes of the condition and developed new methods of treatment, like nerve stimulation. There has been a lot of progress, and research continues into new drugs and treatments.
This all adds up to a good prognosis for the nearly 3 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. With proper treatment, most people...
Simple partial seizures affect only those muscles or body parts
controlled by the specific area of the brain where the seizure begins. After
the seizure, the person may feel weak or numb in that area of his or her body
(often one side of the face, one hand, or one arm).
Primary Medical Reviewer
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
August 26, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 26, 2011
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