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Do You Know When You Had An Absence Seizure
Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)
A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
AKA petit mal: Arrest of behavioural activity with staring and perhaps blinking lasting 5-10 secs, maybe quite frequent episodes, assoc with classical eeg pattern, usually seen in adolescents or younger. So-called atypical absence implies longer duration with gradual onset and perhaps automatisms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: By definition absence seizures are generalized seizures, meaning that the person is unconscious during the event and therefore has no memory of it. That being said, they are often very brief and the person is only unconscious for a short time. Typical absence seizures are diagnosed by eeg and have a classic finding and are often highly treatable. ...Read more
See below:: Generalized seizures, indicating bihemispheric initial involvement both clinically and with eeg. Characteristics: -less abrupt onset or cessation than typical absence seizures -more pronounced changes in tone -longer duration -age of onset before 5 years -association with other generalized seizure types and mental retardation. ...Read more
Consult a doctor: Absence seizures usually occur without the patient being aware anything has happened. Complex partial forms can leave you confused and sleepy. Definitive diagnosis may involve an eeg performed during the event. Keep a record with time, duration, and careful description by yourself and any observer. Present the record to your doctor for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more
Is it rare for my 15 yr old to be diagnosed with absence seizure at this age? Do you think he will grow out of it ?
Seizures: Absence seizures are a common form of pediatric seizures diagnosed on eeg. There are 5 patterns of absence seizure of which 2 can start in adolescence: juvenile absence and juvenile myoclonic. The chances of out growing it depend on what type of absence seizure so it is important to ask his doctor what type of absence seizures your son is having. I strongly recommend supportive counselling! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My daughter had a brain hemmorage at birth absence seizure at 4 and 5 years old could it be tumor Was told her brain is smoother than it should be?
Congenital variation: Some children are born with brain variations, which can prompt seizure activity. The brain hemorrhage may have left some subtle areas of scarring. A pediatric neurologist can fully explain the cause and effect outcomes, and even help prevent future problems. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I went to MCV VCU, Richmond VA & diagnosed with PNES. My seizures started after a head injury in 1/2012. An in-office EEG said I have complex partial seizures & absence seizures. My 24/7 EEG for 3 days did not show any previous absence seizure markers & I
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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
How can I tell if my absent seizures are getting better? Besides the fact i wouldn't have them anymore. How else can I tell?
May be hard: Most pts who experience seizure activity have no memory that they had an event. Decreasing frequency, length of spells, decreased severity all good signs, but an improved eeg is even better. Make sure your meds are all within therapeutic range, and your sodium, potassium, calcium, and glucose are normal. Would not suggest more meds, but maybe vns unit. Ask your doctor about this. ...Read more
Variable: Unfortunately, the answer is that some patients do grow out of them and some do not.Fortunately they can be controlled with medications.See a pediatric neurologist for help and guidance. ...Read more
My son has absent seizures left central lobe and now he has left hearing problems. Any connections to each other.
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My son had 2 EEGs one said left central lobe and the other left posterior quadrant. Are they the same? He has absent seizures? He's 16 yrs old..
Eeg: Both definitions apply to the same area of the brain ...Read more
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