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Types, Continued

Types, Continued

Types, Continued

Commonly they'll have absence seizures or what we used to call petit mal seizures and with those is people just sort of stare off. No warning. That my flutter their eyes and my last for 10, 15 seconds, no aura or warning and no after effects. They're just not there. These are hard to detect for patients. They don't always notice and, you know, these is are the types of seizures that astute parents or teachers will recognize in kids, but in adults there are really difficult to nail down. People can have generalized tonic-clonic seizures where they stiffen up and shake all over. Those are very scary for families. Appears as patient stops breathing, often people can bite their tongue, have urinary incontinence. But there are other types as well, something called a myoclonic seizure where people just have a jerk and that's it. A jerk is, they're seizure. Often happens after a poor night's sleep. People can have also atonic seizures where they lose all tone and fall. Those often happen in people who often have cognitive impairment, developmental delay, and had these seizures since childhood, often very difficult to control.

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David Teeple, MD


  • Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Neurology and Neurophysiology
  • Special area of expertise is in Stroke, Epilepsy, Therapeutic Botox
  • Director of the Stroke Care Program at Tucson Medical Center

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