Partial Seizures

Partial Seizures are where the malfunction is located in a distinct section of the brain, the location of which determines how the person is affected. For example, if the malfunction occurs in the part of the brain that involves sensory perception, the person might experience a strange smell, taste or a visual disturbance which they cannot stop. If the person is fully aware of the sensation, these are called simple partial seizures.

Some partial seizures involve a disturbance or a loss of consciousness and the person will have no knowledge of what happened during the seizure. When a partial seizure spreads to involve areas of the brain concerned with consciousness, these are called complex partial seizures.

To find out how to respond to complex partial seizures, see our First Aid video (go to 2:12) or get the first aid poster.

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Generalised Seizures