I have a test on Epilepsy tomorrow for my health class however I missed a class and I need to know what a persons blood pressure would be after the seizure, also heart rate, pulse. oxygen level and how long would these stay "abnormal" before returning to normal. I know all the other symptoms such as convulsions, dizziness and ect… but i don't know what the "internal symptoms" would be. And would it be possible for everything to return to normal before paramedics arrive?

Since it depends on the individual and type of seizure…Can anyone give me an example of past experiences if possible and what the symptoms were….

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  • Connie R March 30, 2009, 4:21 am

    There are several types of seizures – the mose dramatic ones, the generalized tonic clonic convulsions can cause a temporary increase in blood pressure and heart rate similar to strenuous exercise, these come back to normal in a few minutes. During this type of seizure, the patient has very poor respiration and oxygen levels can drop rapidly – very common to see SaO2's in the 70's and lower. These come back to normal rapidly once the seizure – usually only 1-3 minutes – is over, and even quicker if oxygen is handy. These patient may bite their tongue, cheeks or lips. They may become incontinant of urine or feces. Generalized seizures longer than 5 min. are a medical emergency and can cause death.

    While many patients have a prolonged "post-ictal" – that is after the seizure -confusion period lasting hours, I have seen many patients that are largely back to normal, including a normal EEG with in 15-30 minutes.

    All of the above is only for generalized seizures, partial simple and partial complex seizures may have no physiologic changes.

    Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures also have no changes, and can last 30 min or more.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "internal symptoms". I hope this helps. I'll be on line for a bit and can answer additional questions on seizures.

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