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Epilepsy: Focal Impaired Awareness Seizures

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Overview

Focal impaired awareness seizures (sometimes called complex partial seizures) occur in children and adults with certain forms of epilepsy. They are the most common type of seizure in adults.

Most people who have focal impaired awareness seizures do not remember having them. After a seizure, the person will be confused or disoriented and may have a hard time speaking and swallowing for several minutes.

Focal impaired awareness seizures are often confused with absence seizures, a type of generalized seizure. Absence seizures, though, never begin with an aura and last only 5 to 15 seconds. Also, a person is fully alert after an absence seizure and may continue with whatever he or she was doing before the seizure as though nothing has happened.


Credits for Epilepsy: Focal Impaired Awareness Seizures

Current as of: December 13, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
John Pope MD - Pediatrics
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Steven C. Schachter MD - Neurology


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