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What are the symptoms of photosensitive epilepsy?

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Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes seizures. People with photosensitive epilepsy have episodes that can be triggered by things like flashing lights or fireworks.

Usually, the seizures are a type called a "generalized tonic-clonic seizure." This is also known as a convulsive seizure. It lasts no more than 5 minutes. Symptoms include:

  • Loss of consciousness and a fall
  • Muscles contract and body stiffens
  • Person cries out
  • Breathing pattern changes
  • Person bites tongue and inside of cheeks
  • Limbs jerk or twitch as muscles tighten and relax
  • Involuntary peeing

From: Photosensitive Epilepsy WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 11/11/2018

SOURCES:

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

British Epilepsy Association: "Photosensitive Epilepsy," "Generalized Seizures," "Some Possible Triggers."

Epilepsy Society: "Photosensitive Epilepsy."

Epilepsy Foundation: "Photosensitivity and Seizures," "Shedding Light on Photosensitivity, One of Epilepsy’s Most Complex Conditions."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

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

British Epilepsy Association: "Photosensitive Epilepsy," "Generalized Seizures," "Some Possible Triggers."

Epilepsy Society: "Photosensitive Epilepsy."

Epilepsy Foundation: "Photosensitivity and Seizures," "Shedding Light on Photosensitivity, One of Epilepsy’s Most Complex Conditions."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

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