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EPILEPSY, med. jur. A disease of the brain, which occurs in paroxysms, with uncertain intervals between them.
     2. These paroxysms are characterized by the loss of sensation, and convulsive motions of the muscles. When long continued and violent, this disease is very apt to end in dementia. (q.v.) It gradually destroys the memory, and impairs the intellect, and is one of the causes of an unsound mind. 8 Ves. 87. Vide Dig. 50, 16, 123; Id. 21, 1, 4, 5.

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When those seizures began to repeat every 3 or 4 days, he attended a neurology outpatient clinic where he was diagnosed with grand mal epilepsy.
9] Although our patient's episodes started after a traumatic event (he witnessed a murder), his history of grand mal epilepsy points to the possibility of nonconvulsive status epilepticus.
In previous research, magnesium concentrations in serum and cerebrospinal fluid were significantly lower in 40 patients with grand mal epilepsy than in controls.