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Petty Mal Seizures
Small bad/Big bad: Petit mal (small bad) as opposed to grand mal (big bad) are early simple descriptions of the intensity of disruption a seizure may have with the victim. In the petit mal patient the brain wave disruption is often brief, having the effect of one zoning out for a moment & coming back without knowledge of the event. It is a brain wave disturbance that is controllable with meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seizure is also known as Generalized seizures in adults. 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 ...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
Absence: True petit mal seizures are called absence seizures because the person who experiences one is not aware that a seizure has occurred. It is as if a switch has been turned off and then when the seizure is over, the switch has been turned on. there is no awareness of time having past. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which type?: Children have absence seizures with whole brain 3/sec spike and wave. Young adults have absence seizures from a focus in the brain. These may look the same when you see them, but they have very different causes and prognosis. Petit mal ("small bad") usually is used for the childhood form. A quality eeg interpreted by a good neurologist can make the distinction. ...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
People suffer from petit mal.Which surgery removes the tissue.and which area are the seizures coming from.
Absence seizures, : formerly petit mal seizures, often start in early childhood & stop before age 20. If they start ~age 10, they may persist, but often as complex partial or tonic-clonic seizures. Absence EEG spikes-&_waves may be generalized in kids. Adult focal seizures refractory to AED's are more likely to be complex partial seizures. Tests to define type & area of genesis of seizures are available. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
TIA or seizure?: A petit mal seizure is caused by an electrical disturbance in the brain, it normally lasts about 20 seconds. It is common for it to occur over and over. It often causes involuntary movement, sensation, or visual disturbance. A TIA is also a mini stroke. It is caused by loss of blood flow to part of the brain, resulting in loss of function. It lasts less than 24 hours. Hope that helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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