partial complex seizure


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partial complex seizure

Complex seizure Neurology A brief, temporary alteration in brain function caused by abnormal electrical activity in the neurons of a discrete area of the brain, especially temporal lobe, characterized by changed alertness or awareness, and behavioral or emotional Sx and temporary loss of memory; PCSs may occur at any age, as a single episode or as a seizure disorder; mental Sx may accompany ↓ consciousness Etiology Local hypoxia, trauma, brain tumor or other discrete lesions. See Temporal lobe seizure.
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Consistent with previous studies, most neurocysticercosis patients did come to the emergency department with a generalized tonic clonic seizure, but such patients were more likely to have focal motor or partial complex seizures than were the seizure patients without neurocysticercosis.
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