Postictal Manifestations

Gregory Krauss, H. B. Edwards

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Postictal manifestations generally correspond to the severity of symptoms during seizures and include confusion, focal weakness, and headaches. Postictal weakness (Todd's paralysis) is usually brief and follows severe or prolonged ictal motor activation. Postictal amnesia and transient aphasia are common when seizures involve memory and dominant hemisphere language areas, usually in temporal lobes. Postictal psychosis may emerge from a postictal delirium or following a latent period. It is important to distinguish prolonged postictal delirium from continuing nonconvulsive seizures. Electroencephalogram (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) changes generally correspond to postictal manifestations with slowing and transient signal increases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780123851574
ISBN (Print)9780123851581
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Affective changes or depression
  • Amnesia
  • Aphasia
  • Delirium
  • EEG slowing
  • Headache
  • MRI changes
  • Nonconvulsive status epilepticus
  • Postictal
  • Psychosis
  • Todd's paralysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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