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What to know about complex partial seizures

A complex partial seizure is a type of seizure that arises in one lobe of the brain, rather than the whole brain. The seizure affects people’s awareness and may cause them to lose consciousness.   Complex partial seizures are now more commonly referred to as focal onset impaired awareness seizures or focal impaired awareness seizures.

What are the symptoms of partial (focal onset) seizures? Types, causes, and treatment

A partial seizure is a surge of electrical activity in just one area of the brain. These seizures are also known as focal onset seizures. A focal seizure can happen for a number of different reasons, so determining the underlying cause is the key to proper treatment.   People who suffer from partial seizures or focal onset seizures experience a lot of physical symptoms, including muscle contractions, visual disturbances, and even blackouts. All of this can be rather frightening.

Focal symptoms may be prognostic in generalised epilepsies

By Eleanor McDermid, Senior medwireNews Reporter Symptoms consistent with focal seizures are often reported by patients who have idiopathic generalized epilepsies (IGE) and are associated with a short duration of freedom from seizures, say researchers. This strong association remained significant after accounting for a number of confounders, including age at onset, duration of epilepsy and the presence of generalized tonic–clonic seizures. The 95% confidence interval did cross zero after adjustment for some confounders, such as the number of antiepileptic drugs used, but the team attributes this to the relatively small sample size, and stresses the clinical relevance of the association. “Overall, our study raises the possibility that the presence of [focal seizure symptoms] may be an impor...

FDA Approves Aptiom Anti-Seizure Drug For Epilepsy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved eslicarbazepine acetate, branded as Aptiom, as an add-on medication to reduce the frequency of partial seizures associated with epilepsy, the agency announced Friday. The drug is manufactured by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals in Marlborough, Mass. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year there are 150,000 new cases of epilepsy, the neurological condition of recurring seizures. Seizures are episodes of abnormal electrical activity in the brain marked by generalized convulsions, unusual behavior, or repetitive limb movements, sometimes with loss of consciousness. Around 2.3 million people in the United States live with epilepsy. Partial seizures, a subtype of seizures which affect only part of the brain, make up the major...

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