What Is Focal Epilepsy?


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According to the Epilepsy Society, focal or partial epilepsy is when a seizure starts in and affects a single part of the brain. The part of the brain that the seizure occurs in is called the "focus" of the seizures.

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According to the Epilepsy Society, there are two different types of focal seizures: simple focal seizures and complex focal seizures. Simple focal seizures affect only a small part of the brain, and the person remains conscious and remembers the seizure. Complex focal seizures affect a large hemisphere of the brain. Symptoms of a complex focal seizure include confusion, wandering around, picking up objects for no reason and muttering words without meaning.

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