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Facts About Epilepsy
A seizure is abnormal, repetitive, simultaneous activity of a group of connected neurons (nerve cells) that usually lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes. A single seizure does not indicate a diagnosis of epilepsy.
Epileptic seizures may affect consciousness, movement, and sensation, resulting in a wide array of symptoms. The specific symptoms depend on the location in the brain of the nerve cells involved in the seizure activity.
The diagnosis of epilepsy is made when a person has a tendency to have unprovoked or spontaneous seizures.
For additional information please visit American Epilepsy Society website:
- Homepage: https://www.aesnet.org/
- Facts And Figures: https://www.aesnet.org/for_patients/facts_figures
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