Why Did Terms for Seizures Change?

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In 2017, the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) released updated classifications for epilepsy. The new classifications better reflect current scientific understanding of seizures. The classifications were last updated in 1989.

Before this new update, seizures were divided into two broad categories — partial-onset seizures and generalized seizures. Partial-onset seizures originate in one area or side of the brain and generalized seizures start in both sides of the brain.

The new classification considers three main factors when defining seizures:

  1. Point of origin
  2. Awareness level
  3. Behaviors

For example, simple partial seizures have been renamed focal onset aware seizures, and complex partial seizures have been reclassified as focal onset impaired awareness seizures.

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