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What are focal seizures?

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Focal seizures are different from generalized tonic-clonic seizures. They're less intense and usually last no more than 1 to 2 minutes.

Part of your body, like an arm, might get stiff or go floppy. You may see repeated, rhythmic, or jerking movements in one place or that spread to different body parts. The person could zone out or stare at nothing. They may or may not realize what's happening but can't control it. When it's over, they won't remember a thing.

From: First Aid for Epilepsy Seizures WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: "Living With Epilepsy," "Focal Onset Aware Seizures (simple partial seizures)," "First Aid," "Is an Emergency Room Visit Needed?"

Epilepsy Action: "First aid," "Focal seizures."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Seizures and Epilepsy: Hope Through Research."

Reviewed by Richard Senelick on July 31, 2017

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: "Living With Epilepsy," "Focal Onset Aware Seizures (simple partial seizures)," "First Aid," "Is an Emergency Room Visit Needed?"

Epilepsy Action: "First aid," "Focal seizures."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Seizures and Epilepsy: Hope Through Research."

Reviewed by Richard Senelick on July 31, 2017

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