- The paralysis may be partial or complete but usually occurs on just one side of the body.
- The paralysis can last from half an hour to 36 hours, with an average of 15 hours, at which point it resolves completely.
- Todd's paralysis may also affect speech and vision.
- What causes Todd's paralysis is not known.
- Current theories propose biological processes in the brain that involve a slow down in either the energy output of neurons or in the motor centers of the brain.
- It is important to distinguish Todd's paralysis from a stroke, which it can resemble, because a stroke requires completely different treatment.
- Todd's paralysis is an indication that an individual has had an epileptic seizure.
- The outcome depends on the effects of the seizure and the subsequent treatment of the epilepsy.
- There is no treatment for Todd's paralysis.
- Individuals must rest as comfortably as possible until the paralysis disappears.