Not All Seizures Lead To Epilepsy

Seizure is an unusual electrifying activity in the brain. Some of it may go unnoticed while some could be embarrassing and cause stigmatization. In some cases, it could bring about a temporary loss of consciousness and convulsions. This can occur in children too.  It could happen once in a life time or repeatedly.

Seizures are classified into two general categories namely generalized seizures and partial seizures. The former affects both side of the brain from the beginning of the attack. While the latter, begins in a specific area of the brain and usually contained there or spread to the whole brain. The person might remain conscious or loss consciousness during the period.

The causes of seizures most often cannot be pin point but some of the under listed conditions can provoke it:

  • Brain tumors
  • High fever
  • Head injuries
  • Lack of oxygen
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Very low sugar
  • Sound or flashing lights in video games
  • Drugs reaction (antipsychotic and some asthma drugs
  • Cocaine and heroin
  • Cancer
  • Meningitis

Seizure attack can occur to anyone under the above mentioned circumstances. It can however be said to be epilepsy when seizures occurr more than once without any specific causes. Most 7 out of 10 cases of seizures occur without any reasons but for the obvious reasons, it is important to attend to the underlying factors so as to avert the repeated occurrence of seizures. Most seizures cases are not life threatening and don’t require immediate medical attention but status epilepticus seizure is life threatening ( a prolonged and repeated attack of seizure one after the other without regaining consciousness in between) and needs urgent medical attention.

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