Other Seizures
Febrile Seizures Seizures caused by fever affect many children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years. Febrile seizures are not the same as epilepsy, although they may be the first seizures that a child with epilepsy has. Febrile seizures occur when a child's temperature rises rapidly, usually to 102 degrees or higher. There is often a family history of febrile seizures; they are most common around 18 months of age and affect between 3 and 4 percent of all children. Thirty to forty percent of children who have a febrile seizure will have another one, but most children outgrow the tendency as they mature. About 3 percent of children with febrile seizures go on to develop epilepsy.
Status Epilepticus A term meaning "continuous state of seizure", status epilepticus is a life-threatening emergency that occurs when a seizure is prolonged or when one seizure immediately follows another.
Nonepileptic Seizures Seizures that occur in epilepsy are brief changes in the brain's electrical activity. Nonepileptic seizures, sometimes called "pseudoseizures" or "psychogenic seizures", are not caused by a brain disorder. However, nonepileptic seizures may look and feel like their epileptic counterparts, often making it difficult even for medical professionals to differentiate between the two. If nonepileptic seizures are suspected, medical testing will rule out epilepsy and other conditions that may involve seizure-like episodes. It is important to recognize that people who have nonepileptic seizures are not "faking" a seizure. Rather, the events have a psychological cause, and treatment for epilepsy will be ineffective. It is possible for someone to have both epileptic and nonepileptic seizures.