What are the different types of seizures?

Seizures are generally divided into two different types. There are generalized seizures and partial seizures. A generalized seizure occurs when a burst of electrical energy sweeps through the whole brain at once, causing a loss of consciousness, falls, convulsions (also called "tonic clonic seizures") or muscle spasms.

Often people with seizures describe a warning or a change in feeling or movement at the beginning of the seizure. The warning is sometimes called an aura and is a partial seizure.

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