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What is a complex partial seizure?

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Complex partial seizures, also called focal onset impaired awareness seizures, are usually harmless and only last a minute or two. But they can be strange or worrying -- both for you and anyone who’s with you.

Seizures are brought on by surges of electrical energy in your brain. With a complex partial seizure, the surge happens only on one side and in a specific area. It’s called “partial” because only one part of your brain is affected.

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: “Focal Onset Impaired Awareness Seizures (complex partial seizures),” “First Aid for Complex Partial Seizures,” “What Happens During a Seizure?” “Vagus Nerve Stimulation,” “Dietary Therapies,” “Seizure First Aid.”

Medscape: “Complex Partial Seizures.”

Epilepsy Foundation (Greater Chicago): “What Is Epilepsy?”

AboutKidsHealth: “Epilepsy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Deja Vu: What It Is, When It May Be Cause for Concern.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine Neurology and Neurosurgery: “Complex Partial Seizures.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 24, 2019

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: “Focal Onset Impaired Awareness Seizures (complex partial seizures),” “First Aid for Complex Partial Seizures,” “What Happens During a Seizure?” “Vagus Nerve Stimulation,” “Dietary Therapies,” “Seizure First Aid.”

Medscape: “Complex Partial Seizures.”

Epilepsy Foundation (Greater Chicago): “What Is Epilepsy?”

AboutKidsHealth: “Epilepsy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Deja Vu: What It Is, When It May Be Cause for Concern.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine Neurology and Neurosurgery: “Complex Partial Seizures.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 24, 2019

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