What are pediatric seizures?

Pediatrician Wendy Mitchell, MD Neurology, shares advice for parents on what defines a pediatric seizure and what the signs and symptoms of seizures in children are
Signs And Symptoms Of Seizures In Children
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What are pediatric seizures?

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A seizure is an event that causes a change in how the person is behaving or perceiving or moving that's caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. The important thing about that it may be a very subtle event or it may be a very obvious event, but it is a distinct change in the person's background activity, background consciousness, or background movement. The other important thing about that is that there are many other things that cause abnormal events. For example, fainting is an abnormal event, but it is not caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. So you need two things; a specific event and the cause is abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

Pediatrician Wendy Mitchell, MD Neurology, shares advice for parents on what defines a pediatric seizure and what the signs and symptoms of seizures in children are

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Wendy Mitchell, MD

Pediatrician, Neurology, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Wendy Mitchell, MD, is Professor of Clinical Neurology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. She is acting Division Head of Neurology at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, where she has practiced for over 30 years. She is a native of Los Angeles. Her current research interests include cognitive and behavioral aspects of childhood epilepsy, clinical research in anticonvulsants, and a rare immune-mediated syndrome, opsoclonus-myoclonus (or dancing eyes syndrome). In her free time she enjoys scuba diving and yoga.

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