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gyrus of the opposite cerebral hemisphere. Somatosensory seizures are usually described by the patient as the sensation of ‘pinsand-needles’. A simple seizure may remain restricted or ‘march’to other parts of the body in a sequence determined by the somatotopic organization of the cortex, or it may spread through other axonal pathways. Visual seizures indicate an epileptogenic zone in or near the primary visual cortex of the occipital lobe. Spots or patterns are experienced in the visual field opposite the side of the seizure focus. Seizures eliciting auditory, vestibular, olfactory or visceral sensations can also occur. Complex partial seizures Complex partial seizures are the predominant seizure type in about 20% of patients with epilepsy. The terms psychomotor, temporal lobe and limbic system seizure are older terms, somewhat synonymous with the term complex partial seizure, all designating a form of partial seizure in which consciousness is altered but not necessarily lost. During these seizures there is a
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  • Fall '15
  • Seizure, complex partial seizure

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