Seizures Symptoms and Types (cont.)

Focal seizures

Focal seizures, the third kind of partial seizure is one that begins as a focal seizure and evolves into a generalized convulsive ("grand-mal") seizure. Most patients with partial seizures have simple partial, complex partial and secondarily generalized seizures. In about two-thirds of patients with partial epilepsy, seizures can be controlled with medications. Partial seizures that cannot be treated with medications can often be treated surgically.

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Edited by Edited by Joseph R Carcione, MBA, DO on February 01, 2007

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