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A patient is confused and displays localized jerks in his right hand, which progress to jerks of the entire ARM with a brief loss of consciousness. This disorder can best be characterized as which type of seizure?



A. Generalized seizure
B. Absence seizure
C. Simple partial seizure
D. Complex partial seizure
E. Petit mal seizure
Asked by Colton, Last updated: Dec 05, 2017

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Sep 08, 2016

Complex partial seizure -this person displays a complex partial seizure, which is characterized by a confusional state with brief losses of consciousness. it is called a partial seizure because the seizure involves a localized region, reflected by jerks of the muscles of a specific part of the body. the focus of this seizure is typically in the temporal lobe, such as the amygdala, hippocampal formation, or adjoining cortical regions. a simple partial seizure does not involve loss of consciousness. absence seizures are nonconvulsive seizures and are also called petit mal seizures. generalized seizures typically involve all of the limbs. the patient falls to the ground and loses consciousness.
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