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Seizure Symptoms

The symptoms of a seizure depend on numerous factors and will vary greatly from patient to patient. One of the most important factors that determines an individual’s specific symptoms is whether he or she is experiencing a focal or generalized seizure. In focal seizures, abnormal electrical activity is confined to one side of the brain and, as a result, symptoms are often less severe. In generalized seizures, which involve disruptions in both sides of the brain simultaneously, patients generally experience a loss of consciousness in addition to other symptoms.

Seizures can impact any process in the body that the brain coordinates. In many cases, an individual with a seizure disorder, such as epilepsy, will experience the same kinds of seizure symptoms during each episode. These may include:

  • Loss of consciousness and awareness
  • Confusion
  • A staring spell
  • Uncontrollable jerking movements
  • Abnormal behaviors, such as laughing, crying, and screaming

Tampa General Hospital has a Level 4 Epilepsy Program, which indicates that we offer the highest possible level of surgical and medical services to patients dealing with seizure disorders and related symptoms. We use the most advanced diagnostic equipment, such as 24-hour video EEG monitoring, to determine the precise type of each patient’s seizure. Our team then uses this vital information to design an individualized treatment plan with the goal of controlling the patient’s unique seizure symptoms. Our epilepsy program is the first in the nation to receive disease-specific certification from The Joint Commission, which is only presented to programs that display exceedingly high standards of care.