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Doctor insights on: Benign Myoclonic Epilepsy

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What's myoclonic epilepsy look like?

What's myoclonic epilepsy look like?

Sudden jerks: Myoclonus involves a sudden involuntary jumping of a limb or even the trunk. It can be benign, as legs may jerk on going to sleep, or it can be very troublesome after contact with inadequate oxygen (hypoxia). A typical myoclonic epilepsy is "juvenile myoclonic epilepsy" which is not uncommon, and has the jerking, but also episodes of loss of consciousness. Specific meds are needed. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Reeves
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What is juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

What is juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

A form of epilepsy..: Usually seen in adolescents - described as involuntary spasms (or jerking) of an upper extremity (such as flinging a comb or a toothbrush) which may, about 1/4 of the time, also demonstrate generalized seizures later in life. Most do not, however. Usually worse in kids that are overly fatigued (e.g. Staying up late/poor sleep) and can sometimes be attributed to "typical teen behavior". ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

What is the definition or description of: juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

Petit mal sz's: Aka impulsive petit mal is a generalized idiopathic epilepsy of childhood. It typically occurs in otherwise healthy adolescents and is characterized by the triad of myoclonic jerks, generalized tonic-clonic seizures and absence seizures (also called petit mal). Seizures usually occur upon awakening or in association with sleep deprivation. Patients respond quickly and completely to antiepileptics. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of myoclonic epilepsy?

Muscle spasms: Seizures usually have a stiff tonic phase followed by rhythmic jerking or clonic phase. Myoclonic spasms can be isolated and independent. Infants may have a series of painful spasms especially upon awakening. Adolescents may have morning spasms and even drop or throw their toothbrush. Lennox-gastaut patients may have massive spasms or drop attacks that are myoclonic. Difficult to treat. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

Is there a cure for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

Gone with time: Most cases of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (jme) do have to remain on some medication for many years. There are some cases where they are able to discontinue medication within a couple years of treatment. This is not a cure, but is a condition of resolution of the condition with time. There is no specific treatment that is designed to cure. Medications help control as well as good health habits. ...Read more

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Is there a loss of sensorium in myoclonic epilepsy? And can it be inherited as autosomal dominant ?

Myoclonic Epilepsy : is a group of I epilepsies. The progressive myoclonic epilepsies have different patterns of inheritance. Some are associated with changes in sensorium. Ask your OB if molecular genetic testing like Chromosomal Microarray is available. If the affected family member(s) & both parents can be tested, a geneticist or genetic counselor can give you the answer you seek. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

Depends: Valproate is very good, but should not be used with teenage girls. Keppra (levetiracetam) has helpful as well as topamax and zonegran. Needs a thorough evaluation by a good pediatric neurologist who knows about the disorder. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of myoclonic epilepsy with ragged red fibers?

Genetic disease: It is a genetic disease that results from abnormalities in parts of the cells called mitochondria which carry out oxygen-dependent reactions. In this type, the patient has myoclonus: sudden jerks in arms and legs due to abnormal discharges in brain, usually without loss of consciousness and weakness in muscles. The abnormal mitochondria look like ragged fibers when examined under microscope. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a myoclonic seizure and myoclonic epilepsy?

What is the difference between a myoclonic seizure and myoclonic epilepsy?

Seizure v epilepsy: The easy answer is that epilepsy is a condition of two or more unprovoked seizures. A myoclonic seizure is a single event, myoclonic epilepsy is the tendency to continue to have myoclonic seizures. Normally the two of these are associated though, since most people who have myoclonic seizures have myoclonic epilepsy or a similar form of epilepsy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in the summer I was diagnosed with juvenlie myoclonic epilepsy could a seizure happen at night?

First...: Although possible, it is DISTINCTLY uncommon to begin having seizures due to JME at 42. The syndrome comes on a puberty, and is genetic (autosomal dominant with variable penetrance). Second...yes. Although people with JME more often have seizures shortly after awakening, some can have seizures at night. I'd make sure an epilepsy subspecialist concurs with diagnosis. ...Read more

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