Fast Five Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Various Seizures and Their Causes

Amy Kao, MD; Helmi L Lutsep, MD


April 03, 2017

Editor's Note: The first question in this quiz was replaced to reflect new classification guidelines.

A seizure is an episode of neurologic dysfunction caused by abnormal neuronal activity that results in a sudden change in behavior, sensory perception, or motor activity.

The term "epilepsy" refers to recurrent, unprovoked seizures from known or unknown causes. The term "ictus" describes the period in which the seizure occurs, and the term "postictal" refers to the period after the seizure has ended but before the patient has returned to his or her baseline mental status.

The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) recently approved a new classification system for seizures. Among the changes, seizures that were formerly termed "simple partial" seizures are now referred to as "focal aware" seizures; "complex partial" seizures are now described as "focal impaired awareness" seizures.

How much do you know about seizures? Test yourself with our short quiz.


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