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Epilepsy: Generalized Seizures - Topic Overview

Epilepsy that causes generalized seizures is more common in children than in adults. Partial seizures start in a specific, often damaged area in the brain. But generalized seizures can't be traced to a specific location or focus. The abnormal electrical activity that causes the seizures begins over the entire surface of the brain. And these seizures tend to affect the entire body.

Epilepsy that causes these seizures may have no known cause (idiopathic). Or it may be caused by another condition (symptomatic). It is most often treated with medicine. But surgery may help in some cases.

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Understanding Seizures -- Diagnosis and Treatment

To decide if your "spells" are seizures, your doctor will: Take a detailed medical history (including a family history of seizures). Gather information about your behavior before, during, and after the episode. It is very important to have someone with you who witnessed the episode and can describe it to the doctor. Do a physical exam These are tests that may be done: An electroencephalogram (EEG) to identify any abnormal electrical misfiring in the brain and help predict the ...

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    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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