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What can cause sudden onset of absence seizures in 17 y.O. Female?

What can cause sudden onset of absence seizures in 17 y.O. Female?

Many possible causes: There are several well-known conditions that can result in absence seizures in this age group. Some like juvenile myoclonic epilepsy are genetic. You will need an eeg to determine that these are in fact absence seizures since complex partial seizures may look the same. Most of these seizure types respond well to medications. Some types of absence seizures get better with age. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)

A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...Read more


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Is it possible for someone to be conscious during an absence seizure?

Is it possible for someone to be conscious during an absence seizure?

No: By definition absence seizures are generalized seizures, meaning that the person is unconscious during the event and therefore has no memory of it. That being said, they are often very brief and the person is only unconscious for a short time. Typical absence seizures are diagnosed by eeg and have a classic finding and are often highly treatable. ...Read more

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What is the drug of choice in treating absence seizures?

What is the drug of choice in treating absence seizures?

Whatever works: Several medications have been successful in treating absence seizures. In children this may be ethosuximide, valproate, lamictal, etc. In adults with focal abnormalities this may include trileptal, vimpat, (lacosamide) zonegran, etc. A quality eeg is necessary, and a good neurological evaluation is necessary. ...Read more

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My bro had seizures in which he fell on the ground it was serious now he has pain in his necknd lower back what should we do to get rid of pain?

My bro had seizures  in which he fell on the ground it was serious now he has pain in his necknd lower back what should we do to get rid of pain?

First find out: First find out what is the cause? Did he break a bone? He could have broken a bone during the seizure. It is also important to control his seizures so that he won't hurt himself again. Is he on medication for his seizures? ...Read more

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What's absence seizure?

What's absence seizure?

Short lapse of time: Usually in kids; brief episode of eye flutter with loss of awareness. Usually lasts seconds but may be longer. Associated with typical eeg pattern (generalized spike-wave, 3 per second). Often genetic origin. Highly treatable. Often goes away in time. ...Read more

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What's absence seizure?

Short lapse of time: Usually in kids; brief episode of eye flutter with loss of awareness. Usually lasts seconds but may be longer. Associated with typical eeg pattern (generalized spike-wave, 3 per second). Often genetic origin. Highly treatable. Often goes away in time. ...Read more

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How do I know if i had an absence seizure?

See below: Absence seizures typically do not occur in adults. If it is a complex partial seizure, it happens with loss of awareness. There can be an aura warning you. Automatisms can occur during it such as lip smacking or finger tapping. See a neurologist for evaluation. Check out this link from the epilepsy foundation: http://www.Epilepsy.Com/learn/types-seizures/complex-partial-seizures. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Do you know when you had an absence seizure?

Do you know when you had an absence seizure?

Typically not: A classical absence seizure is a brief period of staring which passes abruptly and without any post-seizure confusion. Unless told by a bystander, the patient is typically unaware that a seizure has occurred. ...Read more

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What is an absence seizure with a clinical change?

Clinical appearance: One can have seizure activity within the brain but if it is brief, it may not alter the activity of a person & be noticed. With absence or staring seizures, the event needs to run about 3 continuous seconds before one would be noticed "clinically" .An eeg can document these brief, unsustained events. ...Read more

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I just had an absence seizure, what should i do now?

Depends on your age: depends on what you mean by absence seizure and what your other medical issues are. if you are a young person with a starring spell with a return of consciousness you can just make a soon apt with a neurologist for treatment and work-up, no need to go to ED. if you are elderly and this is a new onset seizure, your brain needs to be imaged to r/o a new lesion like a stroke or a tumor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: absence seizure?

What is the definition or description of: absence seizure?

AKA petit mal: Arrest of behavioural activity with staring and perhaps blinking lasting 5-10 secs, maybe quite frequent episodes, assoc with classical eeg pattern, usually seen in adolescents or younger. So-called atypical absence implies longer duration with gradual onset and perhaps automatisms. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to be conscious during an absence seizure?

No: By definition absence seizures are generalized seizures, meaning that the person is unconscious during the event and therefore has no memory of it. That being said, they are often very brief and the person is only unconscious for a short time. Typical absence seizures are diagnosed by eeg and have a classic finding and are often highly treatable. ...Read more

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What is an atypical absence seizure?

See below:: Generalized seizures, indicating bihemispheric initial involvement both clinically and with eeg. Characteristics: -less abrupt onset or cessation than typical absence seizures -more pronounced changes in tone -longer duration -age of onset before 5 years -association with other generalized seizure types and mental retardation. ...Read more

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Is it rare for my 15 yr old to be diagnosed with absence seizure at this age? Do you think he will grow out of it ?

Is it rare for my 15 yr old to be diagnosed with absence seizure at this age? Do you think he will grow out of it ?

Seizures: Absence seizures are a common form of pediatric seizures diagnosed on eeg. There are 5 patterns of absence seizure of which 2 can start in adolescence: juvenile absence and juvenile myoclonic. The chances of out growing it depend on what type of absence seizure so it is important to ask his doctor what type of absence seizures your son is having. I strongly recommend supportive counselling! ...Read more

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I need detailed information & signs & symptoms of absence seizure disorder in children? How does it affect their daily lives?

I need detailed information & signs & symptoms of absence seizure disorder in children? How does it affect their daily lives?

Absence seizures can: Impact a child' s attention, behavior ; learning, even when controlled on medication. Request a " section 504" at school for any needed accommodations. .If sunlight precipitates them, wearing a large-brimmed hat when outside may help. The child should be monitored while swimming or on playground equipment.See https://www.Epilepsy.Com, the epilepsy foundation for facts ; resources. ...Read more

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Not sure if this is absence seizure or something different like sleepiness?

Not sure if this is absence seizure or something different like sleepiness?

Consult a doctor: Absence seizures usually occur without the patient being aware anything has happened. Complex partial forms can leave you confused and sleepy. Definitive diagnosis may involve an eeg performed during the event. Keep a record with time, duration, and careful description by yourself and any observer. Present the record to your doctor for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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My daughter had a brain hemmorage at birth absence seizure at 4 and 5 years old could it be tumor Was told her brain is smoother than it should be?

My daughter had a brain hemmorage at birth absence seizure at 4 and 5 years old could it be tumor Was told her brain is smoother than it should be?

Congenital variation: Some children are born with brain variations, which can prompt seizure activity. The brain hemorrhage may have left some subtle areas of scarring. A pediatric neurologist can fully explain the cause and effect outcomes, and even help prevent future problems. ...Read more

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What causes adult absent seizures? I didn't have seizures as a child. So why would I have them as a adult

Don't know: Exactly...Head trauma, alcohol, drug interaction, medication interactions, are examples of things that could trigger a condition. Neurotransmitter imbalance, perhaps nutrient imbalance. Sometimes we never find the exact cause. Hopefully you have had a thorough workup. Consider a chinese medicine practitioner as that can add a wonderful dimension of understanding and other treatment options. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsion = violent, involuntary contraction(s) of the muscles which may occur due ...Read more