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

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 cause childhood seizures?

What cause childhood seizures?

Electric: While all epileptic seizures are caused by electrical disturbances in the brain, there are many different kinds of seizures. See http://www.Epilepsyfoundation.Org/livingwithepilepsy/parentsandcaregivers/parents/typesofseizures.Cfm for more information. ...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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Do grand mal seizures cause brain damage in children?

Do grand mal seizures cause brain damage in children?

Seizure: A seizure may already be due to an underlying brain condition. On the other hand uncontrolled seizure can cause brain damage as well. ...Read more

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Does Petit mal cause learning difficulties?

Does Petit mal cause learning difficulties?

Yes.: It can be confused with attention deficit disorder also. It is treatable, though. See a primary care doctor or neurologist for more help and treatment. ...Read more

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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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Does Petit mal cause psychosis.

Petite mal: No , petite mal does not cause psychosis. ...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

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Do grand mal seizures cause death?

Yes, it's possible: Seizures have been associated with sudden death in epilepsy. It's called sudep. It happens rarely. The risk factors are convulsions in sleep, low levels of medication in your blood. It is not clear if it is causes by problems with the heart rhythm or if it due to fluid in the lungs. ...Read more

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Could juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Could : Most folks with jme respond well to modest doses of depakote, but a small percentage have difficult-to-control seizures. It might seem like it gets worse after the first convulsion simply because the convulsions don't come under control. ...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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Are febrile seizures considered brain injury?

Are febrile seizures considered brain injury?

Not usually: These are not entirely uncommon before age 5 when the brain is not very mature and has less ability to suppress excess electrical activity inside the brain. The further it is after that age, it is much more important to bring this to medical or neurological attention. A few early febrile seizures before age 5 usually would not be associated with any significant brain injury or findings. ...Read more

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Is monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?

No: Juvenile moloclonal epilepsy is a generalized epilepsy, which occurs in the age group from 12-16yo. Grand mal seizures are usually generalized type of seizures and has two phases. In the tonic phase, loss of conciousness occurs and muscle contraction causes the person to fall down. The clonic phase is the rhythmic contraction of muscles, alternating b/w flexion and relaxation. Thanks. ...Read more

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Can child with history of febrile seizures present with symptoms of adhd?

Can child with history of febrile seizures present with symptoms of adhd?

Yes. ADHD and : seizures can overlap in symptoms but are usually considered to be co-morbid;that is,can co-exist at the same time. A psychiatrist can help in these areas. ...Read more

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May have inherited epilepsy--generalized seizures on awakening, teen onset-- partial seizures with weird jaw sensation, too--possible myoclonic jerk?

May have inherited epilepsy--generalized seizures on awakening, teen onset-- partial seizures with weird jaw sensation, too--possible myoclonic jerk?

?JME?: Not sure of your precise question, but will attempt an analysis. You may possess juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, and if correct, your best drugs might be either Depakote or keppra, (levetiracetam) (lamictal may not work quite as well here. Yet, you may be sub-therapeutic based on your description). Also, you seem to have several complexities, and i wonder how all these inter-relate. Go over this with neurologist. ...Read more

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Can Chiari Malformation cause sudden onset of epilepsy?

Can Chiari Malformation cause sudden onset of epilepsy?

Not likely: Chiari malformation can be associated with syncope or fainting. epilepsy is unlikely caused by Chiari malformation. See a neruologist to assess cause of seizure like activity. ...Read more

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Are tonic clonic seizures only a symptom of epilepsy?

Are tonic clonic seizures only a symptom of epilepsy?

Epilepsy: is by definition recurrent unprovoked seizures. Recurrent provoked seizures are seen on occasion (for example the alcoholic who uses up his SSI monthly stipend who presents to the ER with alcohol withdrawal seizures on the 29th of the month) GTC seizures can occur for many reasons (taking too much Ultram, caffeine, cocaine, hypomagnesemia, hyponatremia, hypocalcemia, withdrawal from Benzodiazepine ...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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