Complex Partial Seizures

Clinical Description and Diagnosis
  • Warren T. Blume
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 497)


“Partial” or “localization-related” seizures are those whose initial clinical and electroencephalographic manifestations indicate activation of a system of neurons limited to part of one cerebral hemisphere.6“Complex” partial seizures are those in which consciousness is impaired. For this purpose consciousness has been defined as “that integrating activity by which Man grasps the totality of his phenomenal field”. 7The often difficult clinical assessment of consciousness has impaired somewhat the value of this distinction as receptive or expressive dysphasia, apraxia, distraction and amnesia may all appear to represent impaired consciousness but occur in a patient who is otherwise aware of his environment. Cardinal symptoms of complex partial seizures are presented in Table 1.


Temporal Lobe Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Febrile Convulsion Transient Global Amnesia Mesial Temporal Sclerosis 
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  • Warren T. Blume
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  1. 1.University Hospital University of Western Ontario LondonOntarioCanada

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