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What are the types of focal onset seizures in children?

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Focal onset aware seizures. Doctors used to call them simple partial seizures. Your child is alert and aware of what's going on during one of these. Even if she's unable to talk, she can hear you and knows what's happening around her. They may last just a few seconds or up to 2 minutes.

Focal onset impaired awareness seizures. They used to be known as complex partial seizures. The big difference with these is that your child doesn't know the seizure is happening. Even afterward, there may be some foggy memory of it, but nothing clear. They typically last 1-2 minutes.

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: "2017 Revised Classification of Seizures," "Focal Onset Aware Seizures (simple partial seizures)."

AboutKidsHealth: "Simple Partial Seizures."

UpToDate: "Seizures and epilepsy in children: Classification, etiology, and clinical features."

Nationwide Children's Hospital of Wisconsin: "Seizures: Focal (Partial)," "Seizures and Epilepsy."

Epilepsy Action: "Focal Seizures."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Seizures and Epilepsy in Children."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Epilepsy and Seizures in Children."

Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago: "Epilepsy in Children."

NYU Langone Health: "Types of Epilepsy & Seizure Disorders in Children."

ColumbiaDoctors: "Pediatric Epilepsy."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Seizures symptoms & causes in children."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on March 22, 2018

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: "2017 Revised Classification of Seizures," "Focal Onset Aware Seizures (simple partial seizures)."

AboutKidsHealth: "Simple Partial Seizures."

UpToDate: "Seizures and epilepsy in children: Classification, etiology, and clinical features."

Nationwide Children's Hospital of Wisconsin: "Seizures: Focal (Partial)," "Seizures and Epilepsy."

Epilepsy Action: "Focal Seizures."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Seizures and Epilepsy in Children."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Epilepsy and Seizures in Children."

Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago: "Epilepsy in Children."

NYU Langone Health: "Types of Epilepsy & Seizure Disorders in Children."

ColumbiaDoctors: "Pediatric Epilepsy."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Seizures symptoms & causes in children."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on March 22, 2018

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