How is impaired conscientiousness assessed in epileptic seizures?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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As noted above, consciousness is impaired during a complex focal seizure. In practice, assessing the patient's history to determine whether consciousness was impaired is difficult. The most common way to assess preserved consciousness is asking patients if they remembered the event. Patients may be able to remember their aura but are unaware that they were briefly unable to respond to the environment.


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