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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
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