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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