Understanding epilepsy: how to distinguish a “false attack” from a real one. There are several clear signs
Epileptic seizure, according to a professor and epileptologist Kira Voronkovamay be mistaken for other medical conditions such as arrhythmia.
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This is because both conditions can occur in a person with loss of consciousness and convulsive movements. Voronkova also points out the similarities in manifestations of seizures, such as tongue biting and uncontrolled urination, between the two conditions.
She notes that there are also mental non-epileptic seizures, which may be superficially similar to epilepsy, but are caused by other pathologies. In addition, a seizure may be a symptom of a brain tumor or metastasis.
Voronkova also points out the variety of manifestations of epileptic seizures, noting that some patients may not fall and maintain a sitting or standing position. Manifestations may include blackouts, speech disturbances, flinching, freezing, staring, involuntary hand movements, or swallowing.
Some patients may also experience a feeling of déjà vu or a feeling of nausea. Voronkova emphasizes that epilepsy has many manifestations, which makes it difficult to diagnose and treat.