psychomotor seizure

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psy·cho·mo·tor sei·zure

a seizure characterized by psychic manifestation, and a complex motor seizure. See: psychic seizure.

psychomotor seizure

a temporary impairment of consciousness characterized by psychic symptoms, loss of judgment, automatic behavior, and abnormal acts. It is often associated with temporal lobe disease. No apparent convulsions occur, but there may be loss of consciousness or amnesia for the episode. During the seizure the individual may appear drowsy, intoxicated, or violent and may commit asocial acts or crimes, but normal activities, such as driving a car, typing, or eating, may continue at an automatic level. Psychic symptoms, including visual and auditory hallucinations, a sense of unreality, and déjà vu, may be present and may be accompanied by visceral symptoms, such as chest pain, transient respiratory arrest, tachycardia, and GI discomfort, and by abnormal sensations of smell and taste. Also called psychomotor epilepsy.

temporal lobe seizure

A simple or complex seizure caused by abnormal electrical activity in the temporal lobes, which may result in transient changes in movement, sensation, autonomic function, alertness and awareness.
Clinical findings
Temporary paralysis, sleep paralysis, fear sensation, hallucinations (e.g., delusion of lycanthropy, or misinterpreted as UFO abductions). Temporal lobe seizures may occur in anyone at any age, as a single episode, or as a chronic seizure disorder.
Abnormal electrical activity on EEG.
Temporal lobe damage (trauma, hypoxia), ischaemia and/or infarction, tumours, infection or any other discrete lesion.

Phenytoin, phenobarbital, carbamazepine, valproate.

psychomotor seizure

Complex partial seizure, psychomotor epilepsy, temporal lobe epilepsy Neurology A seizure disorder involving abnormal discharge of neurons of the temporal lobe with episodic changes in behavior accompanied by loss of consciousness, with retention of capacity to respond to environmental stimuli. See Paraphilia.

psy·cho·mo·tor ep·il·ep·sy

(sī'kō-mō'tŏr ep'i-lep'sē)
Attacks with elaborate and multiple sensory, motor, and psychic components, the common feature being a clouding or loss of consciousness and amnesia for the event; clinical manifestations may take the form of automatisms, emotional outbursts, or motor or psychic disturbances.
See also: procursive epilepsy
Synonym(s): psychomotor seizure.


1. the sudden attack or recurrence of a disease.
2. a convulsion or attack of epilepsy.

audiogenic seizure
a seizure brought on by sound.
cerebral seizure
an attack of epilepsy.
epileptiform seizure
focal seizure
see partial seizure (below).
generalized seizure
see grand mal seizure (below).
grand mal seizure
one with no localizing signs. After a brief period of restlessness, there is unconsciousness, generalized muscular activity, excessive salivation, chewing activity, opisthotonos, running movements, and often urination and defecation. The most common type of seizure in dogs and cats.
Jacksonian seizure
partial seizure
one restricted to a focus in the brain; signs correspond to the area affected, e.g. motor activity of an isolated area or limb, hallucinations such as fly catching, apparent blindness, behavioral abnormalities, etc. Called also focal seizures.
petit mal seizure
a mild, very brief generalized seizure. See also petit mal.
photogenic seizure
a seizure brought on by light.
psychomotor seizure
motor seizures accompanied by a psychic stage. There are hallucinations, salivation, pupillary dilatation, mastication, fecal and urinary excretion, and wild running. Seen in dogs with lesions in the pyriform lobe or hippocampus and from poisoning with agenized flour (canine hysteria). Called also running fits.
tetanic seizure
see tetany.
seizure threshold
the level of stimulation at which a seizure is precipitated.
tonic seizure
one in which the muscles are rigid.
tonic-clonic seizure
alternating tonic (rigid muscles) and clonic (jerking of muscles) phases; a grand mal seizure.