Auras and Epilepsy

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An aura can be the first sign that an epileptic seizure is about to happen. An epilepsy aura is also called a focal aware seizure. These focal aware seizures, or auras, typically happen less than a minute before a tonic-clonic seizure — auras can develop into a more serious seizure. Focal seizures, such as focal aware seizures, tend to start in one specific area of the brain (even if they spread). This might explain the sensations associated with auras.

But what are auras? What types of seizures are associated with auras? This article will explore these questions and more.

What Is an Aura?

An aura is a focal aware seizure that typically precedes a more severe seizure. Loss of consciousness does not occur during an aura as it does during a tonic-clonic seizure. However, the causes of auras are not well understood.

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