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focal impaired awareness seizures

Previously called complex partial seizures.

Focal impaired awareness seizures (FIAS) affect a bigger part of one hemisphere (side) of the brain than focal aware seizures.

The person’s consciousness is affected and they may be confused. They might be able to hear you, but not fully understand what you say or be able to respond to you. They may not react as they would normally. If you speak loudly to them, they may think you are being aggressive
and so they may react aggressively towards you.

FIAS often happen in the temporal lobes but can happen in other parts of the brain.

What is a focal impaired awareness seizure?

Watch this video to find out what it feels like to have a focal impaired awareness seizure. The person’s consciousness is affected and they may be confused.

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