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Seizures Are the Main Sign of Epilepsy: Stages of Seizures

A common neurological condition known as epilepsy is characterized by recurrent bouts of uncontrollable body movements that affect only a portion of the body (partial) or the full body (generalized), occasionally accompanied by loss of consciousness and control over bowel or bladder function. Uncontrolled seizures are linked to medical and psychological illness, dependent behavior, a low quality of life, and a higher risk of untimely death. Epilepsy affects people of all ages, ethnicities, sexes, levels of education, socioeconomic status, and social classes worldwide. The prodrome phase is a pre-epileptic feeling or experience that might start hours, days, or even weeks in advance of the actual seizure. The most prevalent prodromal phase symptoms include difficulties maintaining focus, tension, exhaustion, sleep disruptions, behavioral changes (differently smelling, tasting, having ringing in the ears, feeling queasy, etc.), restlessness, and others. The ictal phase defined as spans the interval between the start of a seizure and its conclusion. The phrase "interictal" refers to a phase that occurs between seizures or headaches. "Postictal" refers to the period following a seizure. The duration of postictalphase varies from minutes to hours depending on the type of seizure, the frequency and intensity of seizures, and the length of the seizure.

Ictal, Interictal, Preictal, Postictal, Seizures, Stages

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Gudisa Bereda. (2023). Seizures Are the Main Sign of Epilepsy: Stages of Seizures. Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, 7(1), 1-3.

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Gudisa Bereda. Seizures Are the Main Sign of Epilepsy: Stages of Seizures. Pathol. Lab. Med. 2023, 7(1), 1-3. doi: 10.11648/j.plm.20230701.11

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Gudisa Bereda. Seizures Are the Main Sign of Epilepsy: Stages of Seizures. Pathol Lab Med. 2023;7(1):1-3. doi: 10.11648/j.plm.20230701.11

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