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Epileptic seizures are classified as either focal or generalized. Focal seizures take place when abnormal electrical brain activity occurs in one or more areas of one side of the brain. Seizures are classified as generalized seizures when abnormal electrical brain activity occurs on both sides of the brain.
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Generalized seizures affect both sides of the brain. They cause a loss of consciousness and a postictal state (a period characterized by drowsiness, confusion, nausea, hypertension, headache, or migraine) after the seizure occurs.
Focal seizures take place when abnormal electrical brain function occurs in one or more areas of one side of the brain. Focal seizures may also be called partial seizures. With focal seizures, particularly with complex focal seizures, the child may experience an aura before the seizure occurs. An aura is a strange feeling, either consisting of visual changes, hearing abnormalities, or changes in the sense of smell.
To make a referral, schedule an appointment, or request an evaluation for a child or teen, call at 412-692-6928.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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