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What do you need to know about auras related to focal onset seizures?

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An aura can be a warning sign that a seizure is on the way. About 1 in 3 kids get them, typically before a focal onset impaired awareness seizure.

An aura can happen in a number of ways, such as:

  • Changes in vision, hearing, smell, or taste
  • Feeling afraid
  • Sense of déjà vu
  • Feeling that something terrible is about to happen
  • Feeling super excited and happy
  • Dizziness or stomach upset
  • A racing heart

SOURCES:

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

AboutKidsHealth: "Simple Partial Seizures," "Complex Partial Seizures," "Signs and Symptoms of Seizures."

Epilepsy Action: "Focal Seizures."

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

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

Cedars-Sinai: "Complex Partial Seizures."

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

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin: "Seizures and Epilepsy."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Epilepsy and Seizures 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," "Complex Partial Seizures," "Signs and Symptoms of Seizures."

Epilepsy Action: "Focal Seizures."

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

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

Cedars-Sinai: "Complex Partial Seizures."

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

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin: "Seizures and Epilepsy."

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

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on March 22, 2018

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