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Myoclonic seizures

teen shaking compressedDuring myoclonic seizures, a burst of electrical activity in the muscle control area of the brain cause a sudden jerk of the muscles in the arms, legs, neck or body.

Seizures often happen just after waking, or when the person is tired before going to bed. There is a very short period of loss of consciousness, but it’s not noticeable because it is so short.

Myoclonic seizures usually involve both sides of the body at the same time, and the person may fall over.

Myoclonic seizures occur in a variety of epileptic syndromes, such as juvenile myoclonic epilepsy syndrome.

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