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Doctor insights on: Childhood Absence Seizures

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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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I need detailed information & signs & symptoms of absence seizure disorder in children? How does it affect their daily lives?

I need detailed information & signs & symptoms of absence seizure disorder in children? How does it affect their daily lives?

Absence seizures can: Impact a child' s attention, behavior ; learning, even when controlled on medication. Request a " section 504" at school for any needed accommodations. .If sunlight precipitates them, wearing a large-brimmed hat when outside may help. The child should be monitored while swimming or on playground equipment.See https://www.Epilepsy.Com, the epilepsy foundation for facts ; resources. ...Read more

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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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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?

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?

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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Do you know when you had an absence seizure?

Typically not: A classical absence seizure is a brief period of staring which passes abruptly and without any post-seizure confusion. Unless told by a bystander, the patient is typically unaware that a seizure has occurred. ...Read more

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What is an absence seizure with a clinical change?

Clinical appearance: One can have seizure activity within the brain but if it is brief, it may not alter the activity of a person & be noticed. With absence or staring seizures, the event needs to run about 3 continuous seconds before one would be noticed "clinically" .An eeg can document these brief, unsustained events. ...Read more

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I just had an absence seizure, what should i do now?

Depends on your age: depends on what you mean by absence seizure and what your other medical issues are. if you are a young person with a starring spell with a return of consciousness you can just make a soon apt with a neurologist for treatment and work-up, no need to go to ED. if you are elderly and this is a new onset seizure, your brain needs to be imaged to r/o a new lesion like a stroke or a tumor. ...Read more

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What's the best choice in treating absence seizures?

What's the best choice in treating absence seizures?

Proper diagnosis: Too many patients are considered as having absence seizures when they really do not. They need good evaluation with eeg and neurological evaluation. Then appropriate trial of medication would be justified. The choice of treatment will depend on the full evaluation results. ...Read more

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Can you tell me reasons why I have absence seizures?

Genetics: Most who have typical absence seizures have it due to their genetics, or family history. Some have atypical absence seizures, which may have a variety of causes and are usually associated with other brain dysfunction. ...Read more

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What are clinical manifestations in absence seizures?

Staring spells: Clinical features are subtle and may be mistaken for staring or inattention because they only last a few seconds. These include staring into space which could be associated with eye twitching, or twitching around mouth. Often seen in children or young adults. Unlike almost all other types of seizures, children often immediately go back to whatever they were doing. They tend to respond to treatment. ...Read more