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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. William Singer
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Is absence seizures a syndrome?

Is absence seizures a syndrome?

Genetic in ~ 50%, : but not a syndrome. Variation in several different genes have been found that confer susceptibility to the development of childhood absence epilepsy through studies of families with multiple affected family members. However, in medical genetics, a syndrome is a collection of signs & symptoms that are characteristic of a single condition for which the underlying genetic cause has been found. ...Read more

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Can absence seizures cause add?

Can absence seizures cause add?

Very unlikely: Not that i'm aware of, but they could be misdiagnosed as attention deficit disorder. During an absence seizure, the child looks as though he/she is zoning out and may be thought to not paying attention, and this could be misdiagnosed. ...Read more

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Where does absence seizures start?

Where does absence seizures start?

Brain: An EEG cand PET scan can sometimes clrify the nauture and location of the seizure disorder. Consult a neurologist. ...Read more

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Is absence seizures near speech area?

Is absence seizures near speech area?

Absence : Is a type of generalized seizure involving the entire cortex. Typical absences may cause 1-3 seconds of speech arrest with lack of awareness of the ictus. Focal seizures restricted to language areas of the brain are called partial seizures. These typically last longer ( up to 6 minutes) and may have a post ictal state lasting minutes to hours. ...Read more

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Where's the absence seizures coming from?

Absence seizures: Absence seizures normally arise from the surface of the brain (the cortex) on both sides. They are associated with differences in ion channel function which keep the brain cells electrically charged. Absence seizures may run in families. Most children with absence seizures outgrow them as they become older. ...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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Is absence seizures near the language area?

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 more

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