What effect can pneumonia have on an epileptic patient?

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Epileptic seizures are an enigma because different things can cause them.  A person who experiences these seizures is considered to be an epileptic. Seizure disorders are classified as neurological disorders.  An individual's age does not dictate when a person may begin to experience seizures. 

People with epilepsy experience seizures on a chronic basis, but may have different types of seizures.  During a seizure, the person experiences loss of control making epilepsy dangerous.  When a person experiences a grand-mal seizure, he or she usually falls or is lowered to the ground by others.  Symptoms may include thrashing about of the head, body, and limbs, a mental separation from the person as to what is occurring around him or her, and release of bladder control.  Following a seizure, the person may be lethargic, tired, and confused.

When a person with epilepsy has pneumonia, he or she is at risk of complications.  One of those complications is increased the risk of aspiration.  Aspiration occurs when phlegm or fluids enter the person’s lungs.  Most people can choke up the fluid because of gag reflex, but a person experiencing a seizure does not have the same reflex during the seizure because of impaired swallowing mechanisms.  Also, the position of an individual during a seizure increases the opportunity for fluid to enter the lungs. 

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