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What are generalized atonic seizures?

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During atonic seizures, your muscles suddenly go limp, and your head may lean forward. If you’re holding something, you might drop it, and if you’re standing, you might fall. These usually last less than 15 seconds, but some people have several in a row. Because of the risk of falling, people who tend to have atonic seizures may need to wear something like a helmet to protect their heads.

People who have Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and another kind of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome are more likely to have this kind of seizure.

From: Types of Seizures and Their Symptoms WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Epilepsy Foundation.

Johns Hopkins Medicine.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

CDC: “Epilepsy: Types of seizures.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Epilepsy: Symptoms and causes.”

University of Chicago Medicine: “Epilepsy: Types of seizures.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on July 12, 2017

SOURCES:

The Epilepsy Foundation.

Johns Hopkins Medicine.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

CDC: “Epilepsy: Types of seizures.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Epilepsy: Symptoms and causes.”

University of Chicago Medicine: “Epilepsy: Types of seizures.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on July 12, 2017

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