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Petit Mal Treatment
No: Please see a neurologist prior to any surgery. This is an extreme step. Meds can many times control seizures. HOWEVER seizures can sometimes be very complicated and requires sometimes two meds. YOu might even want to be seen at any epilepsy center prior to any brain surgery Best wishes. ...Read more
No: Petit mal is a generalized epilepsy usually seen in children. It responds to Ethosuccamide or Depakote. It resolves on its own by age 14 in virtually all boys and most girls. Perhaps you are thinking of Complex Partial Epilepsy which sometimes can be treated with anterior temporal surgery (if the seizure focus is in that anterior temporal lobe) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Form of epilepsy: Petit mal is mainly a pediatric condition which should either evolve to other forms of epilepsy, or resolve by late adolescence. Causes brief episodes of unawareness, and can be controlled by specific anti-epileptic drugs. In an adult of your age, you would more likely experience complex partial seizures if there are brief spells. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absence seizures, : formerly known as petit mal epilepsy, are more often found in children aged 4-14. They are usually able to be controlled, but not cured, by anti-seizure medications. Often an underlying cause is not found. Many children have a genetic predisposition, a family member with seizures. While some children develop other types of seizures, most outgrow absence seizures in adolescence. ...Read more
Seizure disorders : are more common in children & adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, with an incidence of 20-40% vs. a 1% incidence in the non-autistic population. Though they are more common in people with both ASD & Intellectual Disability, seizures also occur in adults & children with ASD Level 1, formerly Asperger Syndrome, also have ^ed risk of seizures. Autism Speaks funds research on this topic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: "Petit mal" is an obsolete term that was removed from the epilepsy classification many years ago. You should ask your neurologist for a more modern, up-to-date and accurate classification of your epilepsy. Persisting in using the term "petit mal" only confuses the issue rather than clarifying it. NO form of epilepsy has any connection with autism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Definitions: 1) etiology = what's the cause? 2) idiopathic = "we don't know" 3) petit mal is a specific form of epilepsy only seen in childhood where a person briefly (seconds) blanks out usually without a convulsion. However, sometimes the term is wrongly applied to the symptoms in adults, where it can be another kind of epilepsy, or a non-epileptic medical/psychiatric condition. ...Read more
Seizures are the...: Seizures are the result of abnormalities in the brain structure, imbalances in brain chemistry or electrical signals, etc... Seizures are not the cause of the brain problems, but rather the person's brain problems may be causing her seizures. That means seizures and autistic traits can both be due to some other brain problem, but the seizures and autistic traits are not causing one another. ...Read more
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