Top
20
Doctor insights on: Thyroid Absence Seizures

Share
Dr. William Singer
1,047 doctors shared insights

Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more


2

2
I have hashimoto thyroidism, pituitary tumor, seizures, lesion on my brain and had multiple concussions. My calves are hurting bad what could this be?

I have hashimoto thyroidism, pituitary tumor, seizures, lesion on my brain and had multiple concussions. My calves are hurting bad what could this be?

Wow- a lot!: This can either be as simple as muscular if you have had any changes in excercise or even trauma (fall, seizure). Or it can be neurological, neuropathic pain due to your comorbidities or even the brain lesion. Or vascular such as a DVT or blood clot in your veins. I would recommend that you get evaluated at your earliest convenience. ...Read more

3

3
What's absence seizure?

What's absence seizure?

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 more

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
Is absence seizures a syndrome?

Is absence seizures a syndrome?

Genetic in ~ 50%, : but not a syndrome. Variation in several different genes have been found that confer susceptibility to the development of childhood absence epilepsy through studies of families with multiple affected family members. However, in medical genetics, a syndrome is a collection of signs & symptoms that are characteristic of a single condition for which the underlying genetic cause has been found. ...Read more

6

6
What are clinical manifestations in absence seizures?

What are clinical manifestations in absence seizures?

Staring spells: Clinical features are subtle and may be mistaken for staring or inattention because they only last a few seconds. These include staring into space which could be associated with eye twitching, or twitching around mouth. Often seen in children or young adults. Unlike almost all other types of seizures, children often immediately go back to whatever they were doing. They tend to respond to treatment. ...Read more

8

8
Not sure if this is absence seizure or something different like sleepiness?

Not sure if this is absence seizure or something different like sleepiness?

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

9

9
Hi,I'm 30 years of age.I suffer from petit mal epilepsy.I would like to know how many absence seizures occur a day?

Hi,I'm 30 years of age.I suffer from petit mal epilepsy.I would like to know how many absence seizures occur a day?

Absence seizures: Typically last 1-3 seconds and may occur up to 200 or more times a day. One is unaware of their lapses as it is a generalized seizure. Ethosuccamide and Valproate are treatments. ( may Worsen with sodium channel drugs like Lamictal . partial complex epilepsy and JME are much more common in a 30 year old than " petit mal" which if not part of JME syndrome typically is outgrown by age 14 ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
Could I have a different type of seizure now than absence seizures? I go unconcious but the only last 1-2 sec. But i remember wut i was talkin about.

Could I have a different type of seizure now than absence seizures? I go unconcious but the only last 1-2 sec. But i remember wut i was talkin about.

Seizure: It is possible to have more than one type of seizure. However, what you describe could still be absence seizure with a clinical change perhaps in response to therapy, hormones, diet, sleep pattern, etc. Check with your physician to make sure adjustment to your therapy is not needed. ...Read more

11

11
Where's the absence seizures coming from?

Where's the absence seizures coming from?

Absence seizures: Absence seizures normally arise from the surface of the brain (the cortex) on both sides. They are associated with differences in ion channel function which keep the brain cells electrically charged. Absence seizures may run in families. Most children with absence seizures outgrow them as they become older. ...Read more

12

12
What's the best choice in treating absence seizures?

What's the best choice in treating absence seizures?

Proper diagnosis: Too many patients are considered as having absence seizures when they really do not. They need good evaluation with eeg and neurological evaluation. Then appropriate trial of medication would be justified. The choice of treatment will depend on the full evaluation results. ...Read more

13

13
Can you tell me reasons why I have absence seizures?

Genetics: Most who have typical absence seizures have it due to their genetics, or family history. Some have atypical absence seizures, which may have a variety of causes and are usually associated with other brain dysfunction. ...Read more

14

14
What is the drug of choice in treating absence seizures?

Whatever works: Several medications have been successful in treating absence seizures. In children this may be ethosuximide, valproate, lamictal, etc. In adults with focal abnormalities this may include trileptal, vimpat, (lacosamide) zonegran, etc. A quality eeg is necessary, and a good neurological evaluation is necessary. ...Read more

15

15
Please tell me, are there different types of absence seizures?

Yes: There are different types of seizures that may produce clinical symptomatology similar to 'absence'... The typical absence is a generalized seizure with specific symptoms and electroencephalographic pattern [spkie/wave 3 per second]. ...Read more

16

16
Is absence seizures near the cortex?

Is absence seizures near the cortex?

Not in the cortex: MRIs in absence seizures are normal. Sophisticated structural imaging of the brain may show specific areas of abnormality; generally not in the cortex. ...Read more

17

17
Can absence seizures be mistaken for add?

Can absence seizures be mistaken for add?

It should not: Absence seizures are brief with complete return to normal. A patient tunes out for a few seconds then is fully aware and alert. If they are occurring many times per day, this can suggest an attention disorder. But a good observer should be able to tell the difference. ...Read more

18

18
Through which mechanism carbamazpen may exacerbate absence seizures?

Through which mechanism carbamazpen may exacerbate absence seizures?

well....: Through mild hyperpolarization of thalamic interneurons, which changes their firing pattern to allow more sustaned bursts. ...Read more

19

19
Please help! I have epilepsy (absence seizures) ?

Primary Gen Seizures: This is a very treatable condition with more than one option. Of course you will want to discuss treatment options with your neurologist. You should consider joining the epilepsy foundation (www.Epilepsyfoundation.Org) to keep yourself informed. Good luck and well wishes to you during this holiday season. ...Read more

20

20
I have epilepsy 30-50 absence seizures a day if i get the vns would it work?

I have epilepsy 30-50 absence seizures a day if i get the vns  would it work?

VNS may help: Vns, together with anti-seizure medication, may reduce the number of seizures. However, vns is not always effective. Prior to considering vns, your therapy with medication should be reviewed. Vagyou should discuss your situation with a neurologist familiar with epilepsy and vns therapy. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Adam Lewis
13 doctors shared insights

Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more