Definition of Focal seizure

1. Noun. Transitory disturbance in motor or sensory function resulting from abnormal cortical activity.

Generic synonyms: Ictus, Raptus, Seizure
Group relationships: Cortical Epilepsy, Focal Epilepsy

Medical Definition of Focal seizure

1. A brief temporary alteration in movement, sensation or autonomic nerve function caused by abnormal electrical activity in a localised area of the brain. Focal seizures (i.e. Partial or Jacksonian seizures) usually cause no change in awareness or alertness. An example of a focal (partial) seizure would be rhythmic muscle contractions in one area of the body: lip smacking, mouth movements, drooling, head turning, eye movements or seemingly purposeful movements (for example picking at clothes). Other presentations may be strictly sensory with abnormal numbness, tingling or a crawling sensation to the skin. More unusual symptoms include changes in speech, thought, personality, mood, sensation of deja vu or hallucinations. (05 Jan 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Focal Seizure

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focal metastatic disease
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focal sclerosing glomerulopathy
focal sclerosis
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focal segmental glomerulosclerosis
focal seizure (current term)
focal spot
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Literary usage of Focal seizure

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Handbook of Severe Disability: A Text for Rehabilitation Counselors, Other edited by Walter C. Stolov, Michael R. Clowers (2000)
"focal seizures The nature of a focal seizure depends on the area of the cortex in which it begins. For example, a seizure beginning in the parietal lobe ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1919)
"... spasm of a beginning focal seizure. Preyer speaks of the muscles involved in the impulsive acts as possessing such a slow, crawling movement that the ..."

3. The Impact of Chaos on Science and Society by Celso Grebogi, James A. Yorke (1997)
"A focal seizure starts at a specific site in the brain, often corresponding to some sort of physiological damage, and the seizure spreads to other parts of ..."

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