Identifying Epilepsy

Published on Aug 30, 2003 09:13 PM IST

Epilepsy is a disease, often involving the young, where the patient has episodes of convulsions.

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Epilepsy is a disease, often involving the young, where the patient has repeated episodes of convulsions. Epilepsy patients are in danger of hurting themselves when they fall down, when they bite their tongue or may either aspirate or even asphyxiate during the episode.


How to identify a seizure or convulsion?

Minor Seizure

Here the patient may become pale, the eyes become fixed and staring and he may become unconscious for a few seconds. He soon resumes his work as though nothing has happened. Here the only precaution to be taken is to observe if the patient is progressing into a major epileptic attack and to treat as for a fainting spell.

Major Seizure

This kind of seizure may follow headache, restlessness or a feeling of dullness.The patient may be aware that he is likely to have a fit soon. The fit itself is divided into four phases:

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