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    Are all seizures related to epilepsy?

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  • Established in 1952, Epilepsy Action Australia provides education and support for people with epilepsy, their families and community, and professional groups. These services promote self-management … View Profile

    Under certain circumstances, anyone can have a seizure but not all seizures are considered epilepsy. Some seizure types aren’t considered epilepsy and these are often called reactive seizures or acute provoked seizures. They have a known or identifiable cause and do not have a tendency to recur. Examples include:

    • Febrile convulsions (seizure with an acute fever)
    • Concussive convulsions (seizure immediately after a blow to the head)
    • Convulsive syncope (seizure or jerky movements following a faint

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