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What happens during a simple partial seizure?

Simple partial seizures typically last less than one minute. The person may show different symptoms depending upon which area of the brain is involved. If the abnormal electrical brain function is in the occipital lobe (the back part of the brain that is involved with vision), sight may be altered. If the abnormal brain function is in the frontal lobe (the front part of the brain that is involved with muscle or motor movement), the person's muscles are typically affected. The seizure activity is limited to an isolated muscle group, such as the fingers, or to larger muscles in the arms and legs. Consciousness is not lost in this type of seizure. The person may also experience sweating or nausea, or become pale.

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