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Seizures in the elderly while eating
My 92yr old mother is getting seizures while eating it's the only time it happens to her, usually it lasts for about 10 or 20 seconds and she's aware it's coming on. The last one she had was more severe and for the first time she had violent twitching and almost fell out of her chair. What causes this to happen?
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There are many unanswered questions. One question is are they "seizures" or the result of momentary airway obstruction caused by dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing). You might want to videotape an incident to show to her physician. Clearly she should not eat unless someone is present. The big danger is choking and airway obstruction due to food going into the trachea. Small quantities of pureed foods will help. She needs some in-person input from a physician.
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