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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

Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsions are rhythmic contractions of all muscles in the body, which create a violent rhythmic motion. A common type of convulsion is ...Read more