Partial Seizures

By Robert S. Fisher, M.D., Ph.D. — From stanford.edu Published at January 26, 2011 Views 1,411 Likes 3

Partial seizures, which involve an electrical discharge in a limited area of the brain, come in a variety of forms. Let's look at some common types.
A partial seizure begins with an electrical discharge in one limited area of the brain. How a partial seizure affects someone depends upon whether it is a simple partial seizure or complex partial seizure, and where in the brain it occurs.

Different parts of the brain control different functions. The cortex or thinking part of the brain is divided into four lobes: frontal, temporal, parietal and occipital. Other deeper brain structures relate to life-support functions, movement and other semi-automatic behaviors. At the back end of the frontal lobe is the motor strip, which signals muscles to move. A seizure in this part of brain will cause uncontrolled movements or twitching lasting for a few seconds to a few minutes.

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