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Re: [IP]Diabetic siezure question
Michael and Ginny,
this is probably only going to add to the confusion, but I do have
some experience with people with siezure disorders and have received lots of
training on the subject (however, IANAD!).
1. ALL seizures are electrical disruptions in the brain, whether they
are caused by temporal lobe epilepsy or extremely low blood sugar.
2. seizures are classified as either PARTIAL (start in and affect a
specific area of the brain) or GENERALIZED (affects entire cerebral cortex),
and there are many subclassifications, depending on how the seizure
presents. For example, a partial seizure can become generalized.
3. Presentation can range from repetitive jerking of the body (clonic),
to "absence" seizures, where a person loses consciousness for a few seconds
and has no further symptoms (lokks like they're spacing out for a few
4. Seizures can be caused by all manner of things. Extremely low blood
sugar, as we know, a chemical imbalance in the brain, brain damage, or even
illness. Whatever the cause, all seizures result from a misfiring in the
brain, although as noted above, presentation varies wildly (even one
individual does not always have the same "kind" of seizure every time).
>From: "Michael" <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: email @ redacted
>Subject: Re: [IP]Diabetic siezure question
>Date: Mon, 12 Jul 1999 17:10:54 -0800
> > > Yes they are different, the epileptic seizure can be described simply
> > > as an electrical storm in the brain. Usually there is inappropriate
> > > feedback between the two hemispheres and the storm grows out of
> > > control disrupting nueral activity. A seizure caused by low blood
> > > sugar is the result of depriving the brain of it source of energy.
> > > the brain stops working properly and the nervous system is then not
> > > under control. Any type of seizure is potentially dangerous and in
> > > rare instances may cause death from numerous causes related to
> > > failure of various body systems to function properly.
> > Not to seem critical, but what you've posted above is a description
> > of the difference in *causes* of the two types of seizure, rather
> > than differences in the seizures themselves. I think what the
> > original poster was looking for, and what I'm interested in now too,
> > is whether or not there are differences in the seizures themselves
> > (e.g., duration, mechanism, etc., etc.). I'm not even sure what
> > sort of sort of terms the differences might be described in.
>Don't know the answer. The fundamental mechanism is much different in
>the two types of events even though the outward appearences are
>different. The brain can "learn" how to do an epleptic seizure and
>this is part of the problem. In the most extreme cases ( only a
>few in the world), the connection between the two hemispheres is
>surgically severed to stop the seizure epsiodes which have become
>life threatening. I doubt that this procedure would have any effect
>whatsoever on a low blood sugar seizure, however I'm speaking only as
>an informed lay person on the subject, regurgitating what I have
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