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Complex Partial Seizure

Alternate Names : Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe Seizures, Psychomotor Epilepsy

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

A seizure is an abnormal change in the electrical activity of the brain. These electrical changes may occur in or near the part of the brain called the temporal lobe. This is known as a complex partial seizure

What is going on in the body?

The reason for the electrical disturbance causing a seizure is often not known. Complex partial seizures are one of the most common types of seizures. Unlike other seizures, complex partial seizures usually don't make people completely lose consciousness. However, any seizure may spread over the entire brain. This can result in a loss of consciousness or convulsions.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

Any of the following conditions may be the cause of a complex partial seizure:

  • structural defects in the brain present at birth
  • brain tumors
  • abnormal blood vessels
  • bleeding in the brain
  • head injury
  • infections in or around the brain
  • medication or drug side effects
  • Most often, the cause is unknown.


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    Complex Partial Seizure: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Eric Berlin, MD

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