Medical Q&As

Todd's paralysis - what is it?

I know a girl who has epilepsy and Toddís paralysis. I canít find any information on this. Can you tell me more about it?

Toddís paralysis is a temporary form of paralysis that follows an epileptic seizure. It can be a very frightening event and has often been confused with a CVA (cerebrovascular accident) or stroke. The event is characterised by persistent weakness that can last for minutes or hours after the seizure. However, the paralysis resolves spontaneously without any residual impairment. It has been said that the paralysis can be considered to be a form of exhaustion in the neurons or nerve cells following the period of intense activity during the seizure. You can learn more about epilepsy through the search engine on this site or by contacting Brainwave through their website at: http://www.epilepsy.ie/