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Seizures Emergencies

Facts on Seizure Emergencies

Seizures are uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain that may lead to symptoms that may range from mild loss of attention to violent muscular contractions that can lead to death. Everyone has the potential to have seizures. Some people have them frequently. Seizure disorders vary tremendously. Some people have only an occasional seizure, and other people have daily or more frequent seizures. Another term frequently used in the place of seizure is convulsion.

  • There are many different types of seizures. Seizure activity may range from simple blank staring to loss of consciousness with spasticity or muscle jerking.
  • Generally, a seizure should be considered an emergency in these situations:
    • Seizures that do not stop within a few minutes.
    • Prolonged confusion remains after the seizure (more than 10-15 minutes).
    • The person is not responsive after a seizure.
    • The person has trouble breathing.
    • The person is injured during the seizure.
    • The seizure is a first-time seizure.
    • There is a significant change in the type or character of the seizure from that person's usual seizure pattern.

Seizures Emergencies Causes

Many people have seizures for reasons that are unknown. Other people have seizures from some condition that affects normal brain functioning. These may include brain tumor, infections, fever, birth injuries, injury, or trauma.

  • Other problems that might affect the functioning of the brain and lead to seizures include drugs or medications, alcohol, low blood sugar, or other chemical abnormalities.
  • Rapidly flashing lights, high stress, or lack of sleep may induce seizures in certain people.
  • Seizures in children are a special category of seizures that are addressed a bit differently.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/20/2017
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