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What is a secondarily generalized seizure?

Secondarily generalized seizures begin in one part of the brain, either as a simple partial seizure (last less than one minute and the person may show different symptoms depending upon which area of the brain is involved) or complex partial (commonly occur in the temporal lobe of the brain), and then spread to involve both sides of the brain where consciousness is lost. Clinically, it looks exactly like a generalized tonic clonic seizure (when a burst of electrical energy sweeps through the whole brain at once, causing a loss of consciousness, falls, and convulsions).

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