In an atonic seizure (or 'drop attack') the person’s muscles suddenly relax and they become floppy. If they are standing they often fall, usually forwards, and may injure the front of their head or face. Like tonic seizures, atonic seizures tend to be brief and happen without warning. With both tonic and atonic seizures people usually recover quickly, apart from possible injuries.
Taken from our Seizures leaflet. Order this leaflet from our online shop as part of our 'first five free' offer, or download the pdf using the link below.
What does an atonic seizure look like?
Watch this video to find out what it feels like to go through an atonic seizure. In an atonic seizure (or 'drop attack') the person’s muscles suddenly relax and they become floppy.
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