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Causes Of 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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