Many people who experience a grand mal seizure never have another one and do not need treatment.
Clinical Pearl of the Day: Grand Mal Seizures
A grand mal seizure causes loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions.
- Grand mal seizures are the type most commonly associated with seizures.
- A grand mal seizure, also known as a generalized tonic-clonic seizure, is caused by abnormal electrical activity throughout the brain.
- Usually, a grand mal seizure is caused by epilepsy. However, this type of seizure can sometimes be triggered by other health conditions, such as extremely low blood sugar, high fever, or stroke.
- Many people who experience a grand mal seizure never have another one and do not need treatment. But someone who has recurring seizures may need daily treatment with anti-epileptic drugs to control and prevent future grand mal seizures.
- Symptoms include loss of consciousness, contractions and falls.
- Diagnostic includes a neurological exam, blood test, lumbar puncture, CT scan, MRI or PET scan.
- Processing includes drugs such as carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol), phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek), valproic acid (Depakene), oxcarbazepine (Oxtellar, Trileptal), lamotrigine (Lamictal), gabapentin (Gralise, Neurontin ), topiramate (Topamax), phenobarbital, and zonisamide (Zonegran)
Grand Mal Seizure – Diagnosis and Treatment – Mayo Clinic
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