Simple Partial Seizure

What Is It?

A simple partial seizure is a type of seizure which only involves a part of the brain at one time and does not cause a loss of consciousness. Partial seizures in general are seizures that only involve a part of the brain, typically only on one hemisphere. They are also known as focal seizures. While a complex partial seizure causes an alteration or loss of consciousness, a simple partial does not affect the level of consciousness. In other words, individuals suffering this type of seizure are typically aware they are having a seizure and are conscious of the events that occur during the seizure. They are usually awake and alert during the seizure and can recall the events after the fact.

As with other partial seizures, an electroencephalogram during such a seizure will only demonstrate seizure activity over a part of the brain, whereas a generalized seizure will show abnormal electrical activity across the whole brain.

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