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What happens during a generalized seizure?

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Generalized seizures are sometimes called grand mal seizures. A person may cry out or make a sound, stiffen for a few seconds or a minute, and then have rhythmic movements of their arms and legs. These movements may slow down, then stop.

  • Eyes are generally open.
  • The person may appear to not be breathing and actually turn blue. This may be followed by a period of deep, noisy breaths.
  • The person will gradually return to consciousness and may be confused for minutes to hours afterward.

From: Symptoms of Epilepsy and Seizures WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "Epilepsy."

Epilepsy Seizure Symptoms from eMedicineHealth

Epilepsy Foundation: "Types of Seizures."

Epilepsy Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions."

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

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 06, 2018

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "Epilepsy."

Epilepsy Seizure Symptoms from eMedicineHealth

Epilepsy Foundation: "Types of Seizures."

Epilepsy Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions."

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

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 06, 2018

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