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Transient loss of consciousness - first ever seizure? Tips for the Acute Receiving Unit

Author(s): Dr Peter M Fernandes | Dr Richard J Davenport

Journal: Scottish Universities Medical Journal
ISSN 2049-8454

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Neurology |  Fits faints and funny turns |  Epilepsy 

Transient loss of consciousness (TLOC) in adults is a common presenting symptom to the Acute Receiving Unit, with an epileptic seizure a potential cause. A first ever generalised epileptic seizure is not uncommon, with a lifetime prevalence of approximately one in 20 people. However, as epileptic seizures are only one cause of TLOC, it is important for doctors to be able to distinguish between seizures and the other causes of TLOC. In this article we provide practical advice on how to do this.
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