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Atonic seizures

In atonic seizures all muscle tone is lost and the person will drop to the ground. However, they quickly becomes conscious and alert again after the seizure

Loss of consciousness is often brief and recovery is usual quick, although the person is a risk of injury, especially head and facial injuries.

Children who also have other seizure types, such as tonic or myoclonic seizures may also have atonic seizures.

Often referred to as ‘drop attacks’, or astatic seizures, this type of seizure may be hard to recognise if the child is sitting or lying down, because he will not fall. In babies, atonic seizures most often appear as a head drop.

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