Seizure

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  • Had epileptic seizures

  • Was having a seizure for longer than usual but less than 10 minutes

  • Blacked out and cannot remember what happened during the seizure

  • I am currently having convulsions lasting less than 5 minutes

  • 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

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

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

  • Alzheimer dementia (AD)

    Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. The brain shrinks affecting memory and behavior. Symptoms worsen over time, and can interfere with daily life. Increasing age increases the risk for Alzheimer dementia.

  • Progressive subcortical vascular encephalopathy

    Progressive subcortical vascular encephalopathy (PSVE) occurs due to fatty deposits and blood clot in the blood vessels that supply the white-matter and deep structures of the brain resulting in their damage. It's most common in elderly individuals, suffering from hypertension.

  • sleepwalking

    Sleepwalking is when someone walks or carries out complex activities while not fully awake. It usually happens during a period of deep sleep.

  • Influenza

Related serious diseases

  • Heatstroke

    This is a life threatening emergency where the person's body temperature is dangerously elevated and they display neurologic abnormalities. This occurs when the body fails to regulate its temperature properly. It can be caused by the surrounding environment (heat, moisture) or internal factors (dehydration, strenuous exercise).

  • Hyponatremia
  • Epilepsy
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypocalcemia
  • Hypernatremia

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Have you had a seizure?

  • Have you had a seizure within the last week?

  • Did you have a seizure (fit) which involved only one side of your body?

  • Have you had repeated seizures (fits) in the last 24 hours?

  • Did your seizure (fit) go on for more than five minutes?

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Bret Mobley, MD, MS (Neuropathology)

Shohei Harase

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

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