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Rolandic Epilepsy

August 8, 2011

(Sylvan Seizures) Benign rolandic epilepsy is so named because the focus of repetitive spike activity in the brain is predominantly within the mid-temporal or parietal areas, near the motor or rolandic strip. Seizures usually occur infrequently as generalized nocturnal seizures characterized by a variety of minor tonic-clonic movements, often affecting only one side of the…

Reflex Seizures

August 8, 2011

A reflex seizure occurs as a direct response to a particular stimulus or event. These seizures are experienced by approximately 6 per cent of people with epilepsy. They can be triggered by visual stimulation, a sudden “startle,” or a variety of other factors alone or in combination. If a patient only has seizures as a…

Psychogenic Seizures

August 8, 2011

(Pseudo-seizures) Psychogenic seizures are not classified as a form of epilepsy. They affect between five and 20 per cent of people thought to have epilepsy. Psychogenic seizures can occur at any age, but are more common in people under the age of 55. They occur three times more frequently in women than men. They may…

Nocturnal Seizures

August 8, 2011

Nocturnal seizures are usually tonic-clonic. They might occur just after a person has fallen asleep, just before waking, during daytime sleep, or while in a state of drowsiness. People who experience nocturnal seizures may find it difficult to wake up or to stay awake. Although unaware of having had a seizure while asleep, they may…