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Complex Partial Seizures Symptoms

Two types of seizures may occur in those with partial seizures.

Partial seizure types include:

Symptoms of partial seizures depend on the type of seizure.

Symptoms of complex partial seizure include:
  • Confusion:
    • Awake, but unaware of surroundings
    • Poor, or no response to commands
    • May respond to simple commands.
  • Brief, involuntary actions:
    • Chewing
    • Clumsiness
    • Vocal sounds
    • Lip smacking
    • Mumbling
    • Picking at clothing
  • Emotional outbursts

Symptoms of simple partial seizure include:
  • Aura:
    • Sensation that a seizure is going to occur
    • May include hallucinations: false perception of something that does not exist
    • May include anxiety
  • Awake and aware of surroundings:
    • Person is conscious during the seizure
  • Anxiousness during the seizure
  • Repetitive movements:
    • Usually confined to one area, such as the thumb or the big toe

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Complex Partial Seizures References
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