Ailments & Conditions

Atonic Seizure – Symptoms, Causes, Treatments and More

Seizure and Atonic Seizure?

Neurons are nerve cells in the human brain. They send electrical signals to communicate with each other and regulate involuntary or voluntary movements in the body. A seizure occurs when the brain receives surges of abnormal impulses, which disrupt normal functions of these nerve cells. As a result, it causes problems with muscles movements. Seizures can be generally divided into two types: focal and generalized. The main difference comes from where they start in the brain. A generalized seizure affects the whole brain and body, while a focal seizure only affects part of the brain or body. [1]

An atonic seizure, also called a drop attack or akinetic seizure, is a type of generalized seizures. The term “atonic” literally means a loss of muscle tone. It is rare and only accounts for no more than 1 percent of all reported cases. Symptoms typically start during childhood and persist until adulthood. Therefore, atonic seizures are most common in children. It is usually present in those with other forms of seizures, such as myoclonic or tonic seizures. [2]