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Doctor insights on: Absence Seizure In Adults

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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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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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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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Dr. William Singer
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