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Seizures are the result of abnormal patterns of electrical activity in the brain. There are many different types of seizures because the irregular activity can affect any part of the brain.
Arizona’s finest seizure care is available at Dignity Health, including diagnosis and treatment of seizure symptoms in Arizona. Three Dignity Health hospitals are Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Centers. Learn more about our comprehensive neurology services at each state-of-the-art location:
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The most common types of seizures are partial, petit mal, and generalized tonic-clonic — or grand mal — seizures. Partial seizures only affect a small part of the brain and may have very specific symptoms. Petit mal seizures may only be brief episodes of staring and unresponsiveness. Grand mal seizures affect the entire brain. Entire body spasms and complete loss of consciousness are hallmarks of grand mal seizures.
Following a seizure, the person may feel weak or tired or have changes in mood and behavior.
Seizures may accompany symptoms that affect your sensations and perceptions:
Seizures may accompany symptoms related to other body systems:
Because seizures involve bouts of unconsciousness, it is possible to be injured during a seizure. Injuries can include:
Call 9-1-1 for any type of first-time seizure.
You also should seek emergency care for a seizure lasting longer than five minutes, or under these circumstances:
Dignity Health provides expert diagnosis of seizure symptoms in Arizona.