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Centrencephalic Seizures (Gran Mal Seizures) Print E-mail

Dr. Kennedy Centrencephalic seizure (aka "grand mal seizure") is a form of epilepsy characterized by tonic-clonic seizures. involving two phases - the tonic phase in which the body becomes rigid, and clonic phase in which there is uncontrolled jerking. Tonic-clonic seizures may or may not be preceded by an aura, and are often followed by headache, confusion, and sleep. They may last for mere seconds, or continue for several minutes. If a tonic-clonic seizure does not resolve or if such seizures follow each other in rapid succession, or there is cessation of breathing, emergency help should be sought immediately. The person could be in a life-threatening state known as status epilepticus (unremitting seizures). Treatment is with antiseizure medications.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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