Is there a difference between complex partial seizures and absence seizures?

Yes. Complex partial seizures tend to involve grimaces and facial movements while absence seizures are usually just "staring" spells.

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What's the difference between complex partial seizures and absence seizures?

Different epilepsies. Absence seizures can occur in young children associated with lennox-gastaut, and even petit mal in adolescence which involves brief lack of awareness is a type of absence. These are considered generalized events. Complex partial are focal events, starting with auras, lack of consciousness, peculiar motions or actions, and amnesia for the spells. Specific meds needed for each type.