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Epilepsy (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

A first seizure is a reason to visit your doctor or a hospital's emergency department. For someone with a diagnosed seizure disorder, a change in seizure patterns or more frequent seizures are reasons to see the doctor.

Visits to a hospital's emergency department are not needed for everyone with a seizure. Some seizures are emergencies, as inthe followingcases:

  • A seizure that continues for more than 5 minutes (call 911)

  • Breathing difficulty (call 911)

  • Persistent confusion or unconsciousness (call 911)

  • Injuries sustained during a seizure

  • A first seizure
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