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Tonic seizures

Tonic seizures are more common childhood, but are considered relatively uncommon.

Patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome can be more susceptible to this type of seizure.

In a tonic seizure the muscles stiffen and, if standing up, the person will fall heavily to the floor, usually backwards. The muscles (including those in the chest, arms and legs) contract and the back arches, but there is no jerking.

The person is unconscious during the seizure. Once the seizure has stopped the person regains consciousness and the muscles regain their normal tone.

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