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Do petit mal seizures lower a child's i.Q.?

Do petit mal seizures lower a child's i.Q.?

If untreated: Untreated petit mal will impair learning due to priods of non responsiveness. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more


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How would you know if your child is having petit mal seizures?

How would you know if your child is having petit mal seizures?

Need EEG: Staring is common in children. The way to diagnose petit mal epilepsy is a sleep deprived EEG with hyperventilation. Seizures can be brought out with drowsiness and hyperventilation is a common trigger for petit mal seizures. The EEG will record any electrical abnormalities that may occur. ...Read more

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Hi,I have petit mal.does atypical absences seizures causes learning difficulties.

Yes: Having frequent absence seizures can interfere with being aware of what is being taught and interfere with learning ...Read more

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What are absence (petit mal) seizures?

What are absence (petit mal) seizures?

Staring spells.: A child with absence seizures will stop what they are doing once in a while, stare into space, and then resume activity without noticing the break. An EEG while sleep-deprived and/or hyperventilating shows characteristic changes, which a neurologist can use to confirm the diagnosis. It is usually treatable. ...Read more

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What are absence and petit mal seizures?

What are absence and petit mal seizures?

Petit mal Sz.: Petit mal seizure is an old term for absence seizure. There is interruption of consciousness where the person becomes unresponsive for up to half a minute, sometimes with slight muscle twitching. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of petit mal seizures and the prognosis for the future if I have them?

What are the symptoms of petit mal seizures and the prognosis for the future if I have them?

Which type?: Children have absence seizures with whole brain 3/sec spike and wave. Young adults have absence seizures from a focus in the brain. These may look the same when you see them, but they have very different causes and prognosis. Petit mal ("small bad") usually is used for the childhood form. A quality eeg interpreted by a good neurologist can make the distinction. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a TIA and petit mal seizure?

What is the difference between a TIA and petit mal seizure?

TIA or seizure?: A petit mal seizure is caused by an electrical disturbance in the brain, it normally lasts about 20 seconds. It is common for it to occur over and over. It often causes involuntary movement, sensation, or visual disturbance. A TIA is also a mini stroke. It is caused by loss of blood flow to part of the brain, resulting in loss of function. It lasts less than 24 hours. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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People suffer from petit mal.Which surgery removes the tissue.and which area are the seizures coming from.

People suffer from petit mal.Which surgery removes the tissue.and which area are the seizures coming from.

Absence seizures, : formerly petit mal seizures, often start in early childhood & stop before age 20. If they start ~age 10, they may persist, but often as complex partial or tonic-clonic seizures. Absence EEG spikes-&_waves may be generalized in kids. Adult focal seizures refractory to AED's are more likely to be complex partial seizures. Tests to define type & area of genesis of seizures are available. ...Read more

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The surgery for petit mal to be completely seizure free?

Petit mal - surgery?: People do not normally have surgery for petit mal (absence) seizures. Most people who have these are children, and the seizures abate as they age. Perhaps you mean complex partial seizures? These would not be peit mal, but they may be amenable to surgery, in some cases. Normally a person would try several medicine treatment options first. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/petit-ma ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i had a petit mal seizure, do I have epilepsy?

Hmmmm....: "petit mal" is an old term for "absence seizures, " but non-neurologists often mistakenly use the term as a synonym for "complex partial seizure." either way, having multiple unprovoked seizures constitutes "epilepsy." developing absence seizures at you age would be distinctly uncommon, whilst complex partial would be much more typical. ...Read more

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My daughter MRI came back normal and she has petit mal seizure can someone help me out? What do I do now?

My daughter MRI came back normal and she has petit mal seizure can someone help me out? What do I do now?

Not unexpected: Would not expect an MRI to reveal any structural abnormalities in an adolescent with petit mal epilepsy. There are numerous medications which can control the process, and hopefully, she is under control. If not, seek a pediatric neurologist. Certainly, possible these spells will depart when she gets older. ...Read more

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Hi,I'm 30 years of age.I suffer from petit mal epilepsy.I would like to know how many absence seizures occur a day?

Hi,I'm 30 years of age.I suffer from petit mal epilepsy.I would like to know how many absence seizures occur a day?

Absence seizures: Typically last 1-3 seconds and may occur up to 200 or more times a day. One is unaware of their lapses as it is a generalized seizure. Ethosuccamide and Valproate are treatments. ( may Worsen with sodium channel drugs like Lamictal . partial complex epilepsy and JME are much more common in a 30 year old than " petit mal" which if not part of JME syndrome typically is outgrown by age 14 ...Read more

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How much can fatigue and stress effect petit mal or absence seizures?

How much can fatigue and stress effect petit mal or absence seizures?

Lower Threshold: Seizure threshold (the ability of the brain to withstand seizures) is lowered by sleep deprivation (lack of sleep). This can worsen pre existing seizure disorders such as petit mal or absence. ...Read more

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Do people ever get petit mal seizure due to a brain injury?

Do people ever get petit mal seizure due to a brain injury?

Yes: Traumatic brain injury can result in any number of problems - with memory, emotions, motor control, sensation. Due to damage to a portion of the brain caused by the trauma, seizures can develop as scar tissue forms. ...Read more

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Petit mal seizure? Sister's speech froze, eyes twitch, denies anything wrong, and continues with sentence. Sleeps with eyes open sometimes. How to tx?

See neurology: She needs to see a neurologist to get tested and officially diagnosed as their are certain medications and prescribed treatments that can aide with seizure disorders. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Started Dilantin 30 yrs ago after one grand mal and numerous petit mal seizures. Worry about long term effects as i age. Stuck for life?

Started Dilantin 30 yrs ago after one grand mal and numerous petit mal seizures. Worry about long term effects as i age. Stuck for life?

Absolutely not: You're right to be concerned: Phenytoin can promote osteoporosis through its effect on calcium metabolism. (Not great for the liver, either.) Get completely reevaluated. Either you need to stay on a seizure med or you don't. If you don't, great. If you do, there are newer-generation anticonvulsants with much lower long-term risks. ...Read more

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Are hormone/birth control pills(ex:Sprintec) able to control petit mal seizures especially for someone that has increased seizures during menses?

Are hormone/birth control pills(ex:Sprintec) able to control petit mal seizures especially for someone that has increased seizures during menses?

Work with Neuro: Birth control pills do not control petit mal seizures. Anti epileptic drugs control seizures. (AED) All women taking AEDs of childbearing years should be taking Folic acid. AED medications can induce hepatic enzymes that increase the metabolism of oral contraceptives. I advise your friend to go back to the Neurologist and work on a treatment plan tailored for her particular case. It is dangerous for seizures to remain untreated. ...Read more

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What causes adult absent seizures? I didn't have seizures as a child. So why would I have them as a adult

Don't know: Exactly...Head trauma, alcohol, drug interaction, medication interactions, are examples of things that could trigger a condition. Neurotransmitter imbalance, perhaps nutrient imbalance. Sometimes we never find the exact cause. Hopefully you have had a thorough workup. Consider a chinese medicine practitioner as that can add a wonderful dimension of understanding and other treatment options. ...Read more

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Can seizures cause violent behaviors in a child and then cause them not to remember what they did my son went off and started a fight and then he went and laid down and when he got up he didn't remember starting the fight and he stared off into space righ

Can seizures cause violent behaviors in a child and then cause them not to remember what they did my son went off and started a fight and then he went and laid down and when he got up he didn't remember starting the fight and he stared off into space righ

Most : Most commonly this type of behavior is not the manifestation of a seizure. Violent behavior can be seen during a complex partial seizure (focal seizure) when someone tries to restrain the person having a seizure. Post-seizure some people may also have abnormal behavior that sometimes can be violent. Many persons with epilepsy sometimes can have between seizures poor control of their emotions and some impulsivity. Psychiatrists will call this episodic dyscontrol syndrome. Some people will report lack of awareness for the episodes making the diagnosis very challenging. Video-eeg testing can confirm that the episodes are not associated with a seizure pattern on the brain waves. ...Read more