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Absence Seizures And Dementia
Seizure is also known as Generalized seizures in adults. 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 ...Read more
When cjd is such a rare disease, why would a doctor declare a cjd diagnosis without a biopsy? Father had seizures, false positive prion test, dementia
What is a diagnosis: There is a difference between a confirmed diagnosis and a clinical diagnosis. Sometimes a clinical diagnosis is made, without confirmation. For many illnesses, there is no confirmatory test. Most people determine CJD with spinal fluid testing, a biopsy, or autopsy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Research is underway: Absence seizures are a form of generalized seizures. Research studies have demonstrated that they may be initiated by widespread cortical ares (frontal and parietal lobes) and propagated to subcortical regions (thalamus). The language centers of the brain are in the frontal and temporal lobes. Studies using advanced diagnostics are underway. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000696.htm ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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, zonegran, etc. A quality eeg is necessary, and a good neurological evaluation is necessary. ...Read more
Proper diagnosis: Too many patients are considered as having absence seizures when they really do not. They need good evaluation with eeg and neurological evaluation. Then appropriate trial of medication would be justified. The choice of treatment will depend on the full evaluation results. ...Read more
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