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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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A grand mal seizure causes a loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions and results from abnormal electrical activity throughout the brain.
Speaking at the Women's Brain Health Initiative panel on Wednesday (18.10.17) night in Beverly Hills, California, she said: "I had this major grand mal seizure and they took me to the hospital in Cannes and then brought me back to the boat.
They're talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they've discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life.
Which widespread medical disorder includes grand mal and petit mal forms?
When compared to sodium valproate, the test compound has anticonvulsant activity which is closer to sodium valproate; hence, it may be useful in both partial and generalized tonic-clonic (grand mal) and absence (petit mal) seizures.
Hyponatremia, grand mal seizure, and increased serum creatine are not common side effects of alprazolam and hydromorphone.
The seizures may be either petit mal (absence) or grand mal (tonic-clonic).
[1] Three patients diagnosed with migraine pain originating in the dilated terminal branches of the external carotid arteries, and who were also under treatment for grand mal epilepsy, underwent surgical cauterisation of the relevant vessels.
Expose de cas : Un homme de 28 ans, qui a regu un diagnostic recent d'epilepsie, s'est presente a une clinique de chiropratique se plaignant d'une douleur mi-dorsale debutant apres une crise de grand mal sans traumatisme externe associe.
In the past epilepsy specialists characterised these as 'petit mal' - a brief spell of unconsciousness, compared to the 'grand mal' used to describe a full-blown seizure.