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Seizures result from abnormal patterns of electrical signals in the brain. Seizures are different from person to person. They can affect movement, speech, vision, or awareness. Some people have only slight shaking of a hand and do not pass out. Other people may pass out and have violent shaking of the whole body. Some people briefly lose touch with their surroundings and appear to stare into space. Although awake, they cannot respond normally, and afterwards may not remember what happened. Further testing may be needed to identify the type and cause of the seizures.
A seizure may occur only once, or it may be repeated. Taking medicines as directed and following up with your doctor may help prevent recurrent seizures.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: April 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Steven C. Schachter MD - Neurology
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