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What happens during a focal onset seizure?

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Brain cells talk to each other by sending electrical signals back and forth, and there's usually a rhythm and order to it. A seizure is a sudden burst of activity, like a flash storm. It throws everything off-kilter for a bit.

During a focal onset seizure, that burst of activity starts on one side of your child's brain. It might happen in more than one area, but it's limited to just that side.

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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