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A petit mal seizure may be so slight that a person would not even know someone else is having one. It may last a short period of time. The person may seem to be dazed or day dreaming and may be talking to themselves. A grand mal seizure may last longer. It will be very evident that someone is having a seizure. The person may fall and be moving around and be sick. It will take them longer to come out of the seizure and come back to normal. They may still be very unwell and tired afterwards. So a petit mal is a very mild seizure and a grand mal is much more serious.

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Q: How do petit mal seizures differ from grand mal seizures?
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Can you have grand mal and petit mal seizures?

Yes, you most certainly can have both. In some cases an adolescent will outgrow the petit mal seizures. In other cases, the petit mal will be replaced by grand mal seizures. There are also patients that will have both. In these cases what happens is the grand mal is preceded by a series of petit mal seizures. Very often what happens is the patient wakes up and for whatever reason (sleep deprivation, alcohol withdrawl, etc) begins to have petit mal after petit mal and then a grand mal seizure.


How many petit mal seizures can someone have per day?

Untreated, petit mal seizures can recur as many as 100 times a day and may progress to grand mal seizures.


What are 2 types of seizures are associated with epilepsy?

There are lots of types of seizures but they fall into two main categories. These are Grand mal seizures, which are the more serious, and petit mal seizures.


What is the difference between a grand mal seizure and a petit mal seizure?

Grand mal epilepsy is a major seizure and petit mal epilepsy is a minor seizure. A grand mal epilepsy seizure is a seizure that causes a person to have a loss of consciousness, loss of muscle coordination and can cause loss of bowel and bladder. Petit mal epilepsy seizures may cause uncontrollable twitching or movement in a smaller part of the body. Both petit mal epilepsy and grand mal epilepsy seizures are caused by too much activity in the brain.


Is it good to have petit mal seizures?

It is not good to have any kind of seizure. The only thing that can be said is that having a petit mal seizure is better than having a grand mal seizure.


What are some names of seizures?

Seizures are classified into two categories: focal and generalized. The focal seizures are the simple partial and the complex partial. The generalized seizures are the tonic clonic (more commonly known as the grand mal) and absence seizures ( more commonly known as petit mal).


Where does the term grand mal come from in the type of seizure.?

Grand mal is a French term meaning big illness, in contrast to another type of seizure, known as petit mal. A grand mal is a type of epilepsy characterized by seizures. The body first becomes rigid, and then there is uncontrolled jerking.


Which medical condition is characterized by grand mal and petit mal?

epilepsy


Grand mal and petit mal are to types of disease called?

Epilepsy, or seizure.


What are the different types of epilepsy?

Epileptic seizures are catagorized into two types, focal and generalized. Focal seizures are seizures that are triggered from a single area of the brain. These are simple partial and complex partial. With simple partial seizures the person does not lose consciosness and just stares off into space for a few moments. This is the mildest seizure possible. With complex partial sezures the person loses consiousness and will sometimes drool, smack their lips, filddle with their hands, etc... These are the kind that I had. Generalized seizures are commonly known as grand mal seizures which are the most severe type of seizure. These seizures come from multiple areas of the brain and unfortunately cannot be completely eliminated with surgery but can be reduced. There are grand mal and petit mal. Grand mal seizures (medical term, tonic clonic) cause a person to fall down and is associated with muscle jerking and twitching. With petit mal (medical term, absence) seizures. These seizures involve staring spells and are much more often.


Grand Mal and Petite Mal are two type of the disease called?

Seizures


Are Grand Mal seizures genetic?

People can get seizures for all sorts of reasons. Some people who have epilepsy can have it genetically. Most people's epilepsy is not genetic, so most Grand Mal seizures are not genetic.


What types of seizures are there?

There are two main types: grand mal and petite mal. The term petite mal isn't used and instead the term is partial seizures.


What is the worst type of seizures?

Of the two adult types, petite mal and grand mal, the worst is the grand mal seizure, as it includes a lose of consciousness and violent spasms. However, grand mal seizures are usually isolated incidents, meaning you may never have another seizure again.


What is another name for tonic-clonic seizures?

Grand Mal Seizures


Are petite-mal seizures restricted to children only?

Petit mal seizures are not restricted to children Seizures also known as convulsions occur more often in children than in adults because the developing brain of a child is more sensitive to disturbances than the fully grown brain of an adultPetit mal seizures are usually brief and consist of vacant staring and loss of muscle tone, or, conversely, there may be muscle rigidity. Objects held in the hands may be dropped. Often, there is a brief blackout of memory. But rare in these milder seizures are such things as loss of continence, usually associated with the convulsive grand mal seizures, or with uncontrolled wild behavior, as in psychomotor seizures.


Can a person forget what they are doing after a petite mal seizure?

It can happen sometimes, but some petit mal seizures are so minor that they will be aware it is happening and it will not affect their concentration.


What happens when a dog has seizures?

Seizures in dogs can manifest in many forms. They range from petit mal to grand mal seizures, with many variations in between. Petit mal seizures often cause the dog to stop and suddenly stare off into space with a blank look, in a semi-conscious state. Partial seizures can target only a certain part of a dog's body, such as in the face or just one side of the body. Complex partial seizures can result in a variety of erratic behaviors, from the dog running around the house to standing and staring into space, drooling, and unresponsive. Cluster seizures are when your dog has many seizure episodes closely after one another. A grand mal seizure is the most severe, and causes the dog to go rigid, fall down, convulse violently, drool, and sometimes lose control of its bowels.


What is the average age of onset for absence seizures?

Absence (petit mal) seizures generally begin at about the age of four and stop by the time the child becomes an adolescent.


Can rheumatoid arthritis have anything to do with absence seizures?

So far as we know at this stage, there is no relationshipbetween absence seizures Previously known Petit Mal Seizures as found with epilepsy, and RA


What happens when a dog is having a seizure?

There are many different types of seizures, so one seizure can look completely different from another. But they range from petit mal seizures in which the dog may appear to just look blankly off into space for some time, to grand mal seizures where the dog goes rigid, collapses, convulses violently, froths at the mouth and completely loses conciousness.


Do all seizures have convulsions?

No. Seizures can be 'grand mal' which involve the tonic-clonic muscle movement you describe as convulsions. 'Petit mal' seizures can be absence seizures, most often seen in children, where the patient seems catatonic for a brief period. Partial seizures can involve only one small body area, and some seizures consist of just a recurrent tic which can evolve into a larger seizure. Even a hiccup is believed to be a type of mild seizure.


What are the signs of a dog seizure onset?

Seizures in dogs can manifest in many forms. They range from petit mal to grand mal seizures, with many variations in between. Petit mal seizures often cause the dog to stop and suddenly stare off into space with a blank look, in a semi-conscious state. Partial seizures can target only a certain part of a dog's body, such as in the face or just one side of the body. Complex partial seizures can result in a variety of erratic behaviors, from the dog running around the house to standing and staring into space, drooling, and unresponsive. Cluster seizures are when your dog has many seizure episodes closely after one another. A grand mal seizure is the most severe, and causes the dog to go rigid, fall down, convulse violently, drool, and sometimes lose control of its bowels.


What are treatments for partial seizures?

Particle seizures may require part of the brain to be removed. Other treatments include medication, as well as some forms of electro-therapy. Partial seizures may be called petit mal seizures.


Which disorder is characterized by generalized tonic-clonic seizures?

Grand mal epilepsy

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