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Bret Mobley, MD, MS

Bret Mobley, MD, MS (Neuropathology)

Dr. Mobley graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, completing a masters degree in neuroscience between his second and third years of medical school. He trained as a resident in pathology at Stanford University Hospital before joining the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville Tennessee in 2010. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018 and to Neuropathology Division Director in 2020.

Shohei Harase, MD

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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  • Blacked out and cannot remember what happened during the seizure

  • Convulsions occurred with fever of 100.4°F / 38°C or more

  • There was a convulsion that the whole body was jerking

  • Alcohol withdrawal with seizures or fits within 2 days

  • Child went limp or had a seizure after a crying spell

  • Face turned white like a sheet during the seizure

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About the Symptom

A seizure or "seizure attack" happens when normal connections in the brain are interrupted. Seizures have different appearances and can include confusion, staring spells, or jerking motions of the arms and legs.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Seizure

Possible Causes

Generally, Seizure can be related to:

  • Benign Infantile Spasm Associated with Mild Gastroenteritis

    Benign infantile spasm associated with mild gastroenteritis or Benign convulsions with mild gastroenteritis (CwG) are benign seizures that occur in infants and children aged between 6 months and 3 years and are associated with acute (viral) gastroenteritis. The pathogens found in the stool of CwG patients are mostly rotavirus or norovirus, which can result in mild dehydration. Short-lasting seizures (≤ 5 minutes) occur in clusters within 24 hours, without provoking features such as fever, abnormal laboratory findings in the blood (e.g., hypoglycemia, hyponatremia, or hypocalcemia), or abnormal results in the cerebrospinal fluid (e.g., central nervous system infection).

  • Rabies

    Rabies is a deadly viral disease that can spread to people and animals through bites or scratches from infected animals. It is commonly found in wild animals like stray dogs, bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. The rabies virus travels through nerve cells to the brain, where it multiplies quickly, causing severe inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, often leading to death.

  • MELAS Syndrome

    MELAS is a rare genetic disorder that starts in childhood and mainly affects the nervous system and muscles. The disorder is transmitted through the affected person's mother. Typical MELAS symptoms include weak muscles, sudden ("stroke-like") neurological symptoms such as paralysis of the right or left side of the body, blindness, or numbness, in addition to seizures and migraine-like headaches. People who have MELAS are also typically short in size, and have difficulty hearing.

  • Fatty Acid Metabolism Disorder

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Seizure may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Febrile Seizure

    Febrile seizures are seizures that occur due to high fever caused by viral infections, and less commonly, bacterial infection. They usually occur in children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years. Febrile seizures most often occur within 24 hours of the onset of a fever and can be the first sign that a child is ill. Some children inherit a family's tendency to have seizures with a fever.

  • Eclampsia
  • Epilepsy
  • Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis (CVT)
  • Dorsolateral Frontal Lobe Epilepsy
  • Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES)

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Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Have you had a seizure?

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Bret Mobley, MD, MS

Bret Mobley, MD, MS (Neuropathology)

Dr. Mobley graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, completing a masters degree in neuroscience between his second and third years of medical school. He trained as a resident in pathology at Stanford University Hospital before joining the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville Tennessee in 2010. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018 and to Neuropathology Division Director in 2020.

Shohei Harase, MD

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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