What is the difference between seizures and convulsions?
A seizure is a medical condition that results from abnormalities in the body. The term convulsion refers to sudden, jerky movement.
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.
They are different names for what is basically the same thing. The word seizure is also used. It is possible for convulsions or seizures to be caused by other medical conditions. Once the medical problem is corrected, the seizures stop. Your doctor will rule out other causes out before diagnosing epilepsy. Some of these problems are very serious. You should go to the ER if you have a seizure and have 1) high fever (esp…