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when is the highest incidence of seizures?

childhood and late adulthood

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what is epilepsy?

a disorder characterized by recurrent seizures due to chronic, underlying process

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what is a primary seizure?

intrinsic disorder

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what is a secondary seizure?

acquired disorder

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what is status epilepticus?

ongoing seizure that will not stop unless you intervene

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what is a simple partial seizure?

conciousness is preserved

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what is a compex partial seizure?

transient impairment of conciousness

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what is characteristic of a seizure EEG?

spike-wave abnormality

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what is DOC for controlling convulsions?

benzo (lorazipam-adavan, medazalam-versed, diazapam (valium)-hurts when given through a central line

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what should not be used to treat the initial seizure?

phenytoin (dilantin)

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what should be avoided with seizures?

tramadol, demorol
narcotics
phenergan
neuromuscular blocking agents

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how long do pts have to be seizure free in order to drive in GA?

6 months

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what is agnosia?

inability to recognize significance of stimuli

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what is apraxia?

inability to move (w/o paralysis)

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what is ataxia?

loss of muscle coordination

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what is athetosis?

bizarre writhing movements of fingers/toes

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what is dysmetria?

problem with range of motion control

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what is hemiballismus?

violent form of motor restlessness caused by destructive lesion in subthalamic nucleus

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