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    Aura and Seizures

    Topic Overview

    Aura is the term used to describe symptoms that may occur before a seizure. An aura may include:

    • Visual changes. Examples include:
      • Bright lights.
      • Zigzag lines.
      • Slowly spreading spots.
      • Distortions in the size or shape of objects.
      • Blind or dark spots in the field of vision.
    • Hearing voices or sounds (auditory hallucinations).
    • Strange smells (olfactory hallucinations).
    • Feelings of numbness or tingling on one side of your face or body.
    • Feeling separated from your body.
    • Anxiety or fear.
    • Nausea.

    An aura is often the first sign that you are going to have a seizure. You may have an aura from several seconds up to 60 minutes before a seizure. Most people who have auras have the same type of aura every time they have a seizure.

    Credits

    Current as ofSeptember 23, 2018

    Author: Healthwise Staff
    Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine


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