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Simple partial seizures occur in children and adults with some forms
epilepsy. They are about half as common as complex
The person stays awake and aware during the seizure. The seizure
may be only a strange smell or taste, sound or visual disturbance, or feeling
of confusion, anxiety, or fear—some people describe these sensations as an
aura. The person's arms, face, or hands may briefly
stiffen, tingle, flex, or jerk, but this does not always occur. Eyes may blink
rapidly during the seizure. The person may cry out or may not be able to
Simple partial seizures affect only those muscles or body parts
controlled by the specific area of the brain where the seizure begins. After
the seizure, the person may feel weak or numb in that area of his or her body
(often one side of the face, one hand, or one arm).
Current as of:
March 12, 2014
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
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