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Psychogenic Non-Epileptic seizure (PNES)

Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures are seizure events which appear similar to those of Epilepsyplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigEpilepsy

"Epilepsy is a chronic noncommunicable disease of the brain that affects around 50 million people worldwide. It is characterized by recurrent seizures, which are brief episodes of involuntary movement that may involve a part of the body (partial) or the entir…
, but without the associated (easily identifiable) electrical brainwave patterns.

The seizures can be severe, and last up to two minutes.

The cause is unknown, but current opinion is that it's a predominantly psychological disorder.

It has been estimated to affect between 2 and 33 people per 100,000 - meaning there is a lack of data regarding its prevalence. It's currently thought that many of those with PNES are being mis-diagnosed.

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