Seizures, also referred to as convulsions, are sudden surges of electrical activity in the brain that affect how a person feels or acts for a brief period of time. Convulsions are rapid and uncontrollable shaking. There are many different types of seizures. Some have mild symptoms and no convulsions.
What causes Seizures?
Seizures of all types are different from individual to individual. They are caused by sudden abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Sometimes seizures are related to another medical condition, such as:
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- Head injury or shock
- Confusion, dizziness or nausea
- Family history of seizures
- Fast increasing fever or heart racing
- Illness such as meningitis or stroke
- Parasite infection
- Withdrawal from alcohol, prescription medicine, or illegal drugs