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Category: Nervous System Disease

Insight into diseases of the nervous system.

Signs and Symptoms of MS Analyzed and Categorized

Signs and symptoms of MS (multiple sclerosis) are clinical features of the disease. They are, if you will, personality traits of the disease. Patients experience them in the form of symptoms. Health care providers, others, and in some cases, the patients themselves observe signs.MS starts out as a disease of the myelin sheath of nerves. […]

Seizure Types by Name in the ILAE 2017 Classification System

There are numerous possible names for seizure types in the new ILAE 2017 classification system, some of which are synonyms. The variety is a result of the multiple levels of classifying; the flexibility of the system; and the varying information doctors have about their patients’ seizures.  The tables below contain the names and main features […]

Key Signs and Symptoms of Seizures That Determine Seizure Type

Signs and symptoms of seizures are expressions of the acute events.  They correlate with the electrical disturbance in the brain that gives rise to them.  There are two types of descriptive terms for them.  They are general and specific.  The general ones define the type of expression.  The specific descriptors are the actual signs and […]

The Different Types of Seizures in the ILAE 2017 Classification System

The International League against Epilepsy (ILAE) changed how it classifies seizures in 2017.  The reason was to make it easier and more accurate to diagnose and classify the different types of seizures.  More accurate diagnosis and classification in principle should lead to better response to treatment.  The reason is seizures with specific features tend to […]

What is a seizure? – The 6-W answer

The answer to the question what is a seizure, is not just the definition (what it is).  It also includes 5 other elements that begin with the letter W. They are where, why, when, and which.  Where has to do with the location. When refers to time factors.  Why relates to the reason seizures occur.  […]

The difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Understanding the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s requires the acknowledgement of two important facts.  The first is that Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia.  The second is all dementia is not Alzheimer’s disease. What Is Dementia   Dementia is a decline in a person’s cognition, which when severe interferes with the ability to perform […]

MS Terminology Clarified for the Layman

MS terminology is an assortment of medical terms and their meanings as they pertain to multiple sclerosis.  Some of the terms are not specific for MS in that they also apply to some other disorders. Others relate exclusively to MS, but might not be defined or explained in verbal or written discussion that refers to […]

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