Febrile Seizures - Also known as Febrile Convulsions. These are tonic-clonic seizures (convulsions) that occur in children related to a fever. Most occur between the ages of 6 months and 4 years, but are occasionally seen in children as old as 6 or 7 years. They may recur if the child has a fever at other times, but do not warrant a diagnosis of epilepsy.
Felbamate - Felbamate is an antiepileptic drug but unfortunately, this drug is associated with a prohibitively high rate of serious side effects and should be used only as a last resort. It has proven to be useful in the management of Lennox-Gastaut.
Fits - See Seizures
Flexion - bending of a joint or limb
Fluid retention - Also known as water retention or oedema and occurs when fluid isn’t removed from body tissues, including the skin. Hands feet and ankles may swell or swelling can occur throughout the body. It can be caused by disease or hot weather, high salt intake or hormones (in females).
Focal - Pertaining to one region or area (of the brain).
Focal aware seizure - a focal seizure where consciousness and awareness is not lost.
Focal seizure - A seizure where the seizure activity starts in one (focal) area of the brain and may or may not spread to other regions of the brain.
Focal to a bilateral tonic clonic seizure - this reflects a propagation pattern of a seizure from a focal seizure to a tonic clonic seizure (formerly called secondarily generalised tonic-clonic seizure)
Focus - A local area of abnormality (in the brain), usually where seizures begin (seizure focus).
Folic Acid - A derivative that is abundant in liver and green plants and is a growth factor for some bacteria. It is recommended to be taken prior to and during early stages of pregnancy to help prevent birth defects.
Frontal Lobe Epilepsy - An type of epilepsy where seizures originate from one of the frontal lobes. Seizures are characterised often start and end abruptly, with little, if any confusion afterwards. They are likely to occur in clusters and often are quite bizarre seizures, resulting in difficulty obtaining a diagnosis.