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Complex partial seizures occur in children and adults with certain
epilepsy. They are the most common type of seizure in
Most people who have complex partial seizures do not remember having
them. After a seizure, the person will be confused or disoriented and may have
a hard time speaking and swallowing for several minutes.
Complex partial seizures are often confused with absence seizures, a
type of generalized seizure. Absence seizures, though, never begin with an
aura and last only 5 to 15 seconds. Also, a person is fully alert after an
absence seizure and may continue with whatever he or she was doing before the
seizure as though nothing has happened.
August 26, 2011
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
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