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Petit Mal Treatment
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
It is different: Focal epilepsy (localization-related epilepsy) is due to focal brain pathology or part of genetic syndrome or unknown cause. Many types of focal epilepsy involving different parts of the brain.Onset in adolescent or adult. Petit mal (childhood absence epilepsy) happened mostly in school age children with frequent episodes of profound impairment of consciousness or subtle changes. Consult neurology ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Hard to say: It depends on the whole health picture of a person. Plus some forms of petit mal are easier to treat than others. Some meds work for one but not another. Depends if you take them properly, etc. Too broad a question, sorry! Ask your doc and/or neurologist how it might go in your case. . ...Read more
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
Depends on type: There are more than one reason for seizures to preferentially occur upon awakening (or going to sleep) such as jme (juvenile myoclonic epilepsy) and tonic seizures. If it is jme then Depakote is the drug of choice. For tonic-clonic seizures Lamictal is also used. Have a talk with your neurologist about your seizure type so you will be better suited to answer that question in full. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whole lotta shaking: As jerry lee lewis says. Grand mal seizures are the kind of seizure that most people think of: people pass out, and their muscles contract violently. It usually lasts less than 5 minutes. Sometimes people have only 1 seizure & never have it again. Sometimes people have more than 1 seizure & need to take medicine to prevent them. ...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
Depends on cause: Seizures are a symptoms of brain dysfunction. Tumor or infection must be ruled out as well as toxic or metabolic cause. If no cause is found, good control should be expected. One time event may not need chronic medication. A thorough evaluation is necessary then discussion of options with your doctor. ...Read more
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
Peti mal seizures: The difference is the petti mal is a more minor seizure lasting typically several seconds. A witness to the event would only see some mild twitching, possible arm or leg movements and it stops fairly shortly. A grand mal seizure is more prolonged and has a great effect on the body. Typically are serious prolonged movements of arms/leg involuntary urination. ...Read more
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