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Chapter 19 Vocab

Aura an unusual sensory sensation that may precede a seizure episode by hours or only a few seconds
Convulsion unresponsiveness accompanied by a generalized jerky muscle movement affecting the entire body
Epilepsy a medical disorder characterized by recurrent seizures
Generalized tonic-clonic seizure a common type of seizure that produces unresponsiveness and a convulsion that exhibits generalized jerky muscle activity. Also known as a grand mal seizure
Postictal State the recovery period that follows the clonic phase of a generalized seizure. In a postictal state the patient commonly appears weak, exhausted, confused, and disoriented and porgressively improves.
Seizure a sudden and temporary alteration in the mental status caused by massive electrical discharge in a group of nerve cells in the brain.
Status Epelepticus a seizure lasting longer than 5 minutes or seizures that occur consecutively without a period of responsiveness between them. This is a serious medical emergency that may be life threatening.
Syncope a brief period of unresponsiveness caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain; fainting
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