Partial motor seizure



What is partial motor seizure?

A partial motor seizure is a condition that an electrical disturbance originates in a part of the brain involved with movement and results in corresponding movement symptoms. The muscles in any part of the body may be affected depending on the exact location of the portion of brain affected

How common is partial motor seizure?

Please discuss with your doctor for further information.


What are the symptoms of partial motor seizure?

The common symptoms of this condition are:

  • Muscle contractions, followed by relaxation
  • Contractions on just one side of your body
  • Unusual head or eye movements
  • Numbness, tingling, or a feeling that something is crawling on your skin
  • Abdominal pain
  • Rapid heart rate or pulse
  • Automatisms (repetitive movements), such as picking at clothes or skin, staring, lip smacking, and chewing or swallowing
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Flushed face
  • Dilated pupils, vision changes, or hallucinations
  • Mood changes
  • Blackouts
  • There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.

When should I see my doctor?

If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consulting with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.


What causes partial motor seizure?

There are number of different conditions and situations that can cause seizures of any type. A seizure without a known cause is called an idiopathic seizure.

Some of the possible causes of partial motor seizures are:

  • Epilepsy
  • Liver or kidney failure
  • Very high blood pressure
  • Use of illegal drugs
  • Brain infections, such as meningitis
  • Brain and head injuries
  • Congenital brain defects, which are brain defects that occur before birth

Risk factors

What increases my risk for partial motor seizure?

There are many risk factors for partial motor seizure, such as:

  • Stroke
  • Poisoning or venomous bites or stings
  • Heat stroke
  • Low blood sugar
  • Withdrawal from drugs or alcohol

Phenylketonuria, which is a genetic disorder that causes brain damage and mental disability

Diagnosis & treatment

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.


How is partial motor seizure diagnosed?

It is believed that a seizure itself isn’t difficult to diagnose. Your doctor can diagnose a seizure after listening to your description of your experience or the symptoms other people observed. Of more concern and more difficulty is determining the underlying cause. Depending on your symptoms and your medical history, your doctor may run any number of tests, such as brain imaging scans, blood tests, or a spinal tap to find out the cause of your seizures.

A complete physical and neurological exam of muscle strength, reflexes, eyesight, hearing, and ability to detect various sensations

An electroencephalogram (EEG) test, which measures electrical impulses in the brain, is an important part of the diagnostic process is the electroencephalogram (EEG), because it is the only test that directly detects electrical activity in the brain, and seizures are defined by abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

  • Imaging studies of the brain, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Blood tests to measure red and white blood cell counts, blood sugar, bloodcalcium, and electrolyte levels; and to evaluate liver and kidney function; blood tests help rule out the presence of other illnesses.
  • Other tests, as needed, including magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), positron emission tomography (PET), and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)

How is partial motor seizure treated?

A partial seizure can’t be treated when it is happening. It must simply run its course while the person having the event is kept safe. Your doctor may, however, be able to treat the cause of seizures. If seizures are recurring, you may be given a medication to prevent them.

If someone is having a seizure of any type, it’s helpful to keep other people and objects out of the way until the seizure is over. The muscle contractions can cause the person having the seizure to lash out and hurt themselves. Clearing the area of objects and people reduces the risk of injury. There’s nothing that can be done to stop or speed up the episode.

The outlook for someone who has had a partial motor seizure varies depending on the underlying cause. In general, however, you can control seizures effectively with medications and lifestyle changes. Surgery is only a consideration for very severe, intractable cases in which medical treatment doesn’t work.

Lifestyle changes & home remedies

What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage partial motor seizure?

You can’t always prevent seizures, but you can control them with medications. If you’re on a medication for this purpose, take it as instructed by your doctor and don’t miss doses. Maintain a healthy lifestyle by getting plenty of sleep, eating healthy foods, exercising, and minimizing stress.

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


Review Date: August 23, 2017 | Last Modified: August 25, 2017

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