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Epileptic Seizures

Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Lindsay Huth, B.A.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: February 2002
Last Revision Date: April 2002

Common Questions, Quick Answers

What is epilepsy?

What causes epilepsy?

What are seizures?

What triggers seizures?

What are the different kinds of seizures?
Infants or young children with high fevers may shake and lose consciousness for a few moments. These are called febrile seizures. Most are harmless. They are not a sign of epilepsy. There are different types of seizures your child might have if he is epileptic:

Generalized Seizures
Absence Seizures
Simple Partial Seizures
Complex Partial Seizure

Who can get epilepsy?

Is epilepsy contagious?

How is epilepsy treated?

What should I do when my child has a seizure?

Stay calm and follow a few simple steps:

How can I help?

When should I call the doctor?

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