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What Can Cause A First-Time Seizure?

The improper functioning of the electrical system in the brain causes a seizure. The brain cells produce electrical impulses in a specific manner to communicate with each other. Many causes alter the electrical impulses in several ways. A few particular impulses among all those cause misfiring that results in short circuit, leading to an attack of the seizure.

There is no precise explanation to the question what causes the first-time seizure, as doctors are still unable to find the exact reason for the occurrence of the seizure.

According to them, there are several situations or impacts that can produce the imbalance in the electrical productivity in the brain. The best method to understand the reason behind the presence of the seizure is by carrying out a thorough evaluation.

Grouping of Seizures

As the reason behind the occurrence of a first-time seizure is still unknown, neurologists classify a seizure based on symptoms and type. For example, it is possible for an individual to have a seizure attack that lasts for only a few seconds without any side effects. In another case, in the same situation, the person may experience side effects. Considering another example, a person may have a prolonged seizure attack for a few minutes that show symptoms for a specific period. There are even cases where the seizures have extended period of occurrence and require immediate medical attention. Types of seizures:

  1. Partial seizures
  2. Spasms in infants
  3. Absence seizures
  4. Myoclonic seizures
  5. Atonic seizures
  6. Generalized tonic-clonic serious.

What Can Cause A First-Time Seizure?

What Can Cause A First-Time Seizure?

Finding the real cause of the first-time seizure can be difficult for any neurologist. However, seizures may or may not be the sign of epilepsy. It is still unknown about the misfiring that occurs in the brain, which neurologists think is one of the reasons for the seizure attack. Apart from epilepsy, there are also several other causes that lead to a seizure attack such as brain tumors, infection in the brain, health conditions, head injuries, withdrawal of drug or alcohol, and presence of an abnormal structure in the brain.

As it is a controversial matter, the doctor will consider all the options before proceeding ahead with the treatment. The treatment requires patience and choosing the right combination of medicine that suits to the body. Again, in this case, the doctor will consider several options such as weight, height, age, and other obligations such as whether the medicine will help in improving the mental output of the individual. Frequent consultations are also part of the system to ensure that the doctor receives the right to report.

Symptoms of Seizures

Majority of the symptoms associated with seizures before from one person to another. However, the common factors are:

  1. Staring blankly
  2. Repetitive actions such as smacking the lips
  3. Unconsciousness
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Gain in weight
  6. Loss of bladder control
  7. Twitching sensation
  8. Confusion.

Diagnosis of First-Time Seizure

The first step in diagnosing first-time seizure is by recording all of the vital signs. The clinician will also ensure that you are receiving proper oxygen. The primary goal of a medical evaluation is to figure out the symptoms, and if so, why they caused the seizure. The healthcare provider will carry out the complete neurological exam, several blood tests, imaging results including MRI or CT scan, and electroencephalogram that helps in understanding the electrical activity produced in the brain. The clinician will also ask a series of questions that will further assist them in understanding the situation and arrive at a conclusion.


  1. Johns Hopkins Medicine – Seizures and Epilepsy
  2. Cleveland Clinic – First-Time Seizures
  3. Mayo Clinic – Seizures
  4. Epilepsy Foundation – What is a Seizure?
  5. Harvard Health Publishing – First Seizure: What You Need to Know

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Last Modified On:August 9, 2023

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