grand mal


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grand mal

a form of epilepsy characterized by loss of consciousness for up to five minutes and violent convulsions

grand mal

[′gran ¦mäl]
(medicine)
A complete epileptic seizure involving sudden loss of consciousness and tonic convulsion of the skeletal musculature followed by clonic muscular spasms.
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He was also under treatment by a neurologist for grand mal epilepsy, which had started after surgery in 2000 for removal of an arachnoid cyst.
9] Although our patient's episodes started after a traumatic event (he witnessed a murder), his history of grand mal epilepsy points to the possibility of nonconvulsive status epilepticus.
In conclusion, embelin exhibited significant activity in MES and PTZ induced seizure models, it can be an effective compound against both grand mal and petit mal epilepsies (Vida 1995).
He suffers and has suffered all his life from grand mal epilepsy and has quite severe attacks.
In 2005, Champion, a Singapore native, suffered a grand mal seizure while opening for Veruca Salt, and Lo Presti, during a bronchitis-induced coughing fit, threw her back out so severely that she was paralyzed for a week.
Baratz opined, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, that the shoulder injury was caused by a "classic nocturnal grand mal seizure" and not by forcible restraint as was alleged.
Warner, who played baseball at Montclair Prep of Panorama City and Tulane, died five years ago at the age of 24 of a grand mal seizure.
I didn't fall to the ground and shake, I had what used to be called petit mal seizures, they're now called simple partial seizures, just part of the brain is affected, while with grand mal the whole brain is affected.
In all, 19 eclamptic women had one grand mal seizure, 10 had two, and 10 had three or more.
Jeremy Cooper, an eight-year-old third-grader at Ockerman Elementary School in Florence, Kentucky, was home with his mother and younger siblings last December 22 when his mother, Natasha Cooper, suffered a grand mal seizure.
But last year, soon after returning home from his 11th ride, John suffered a grand mal seizure.
In 1991, graduate student Karen Glumm experienced two grand mal seizures.