"Convulse" redirects here. For Finnish death metal band, see Convulse (band).
Classification and external resources
ICD-9 MeSH D012640

A convulsion is a medical condition where body muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body.[1] Because a convulsion is often a symptom of an epileptic seizure, the term convulsion is sometimes used as a synonym for seizure. However, not all epileptic seizures lead to convulsions, and not all convulsions are caused by epileptic seizures. Convulsions are also consistent with an electric shock. For non-epileptic convulsions, see non-epileptic seizures.

The word "fit" is sometimes used to mean a convulsion or epileptic seizure.[2]

See also


nl:Epileptisch insult

pl:Napad padaczkowy sl:Epileptični napad sv:Konvulsion