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What is juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

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Dr. Noel Alonso
Pediatrics
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In brief: A form of epilepsy..

Usually seen in adolescents - described as involuntary spasms (or jerking) of an upper extremity (such as flinging a comb or a toothbrush) which may, about 1/4 of the time, also demonstrate generalized seizures later in life.
Most do not, however. Usually worse in kids that are overly fatigued (e.g. Staying up late/poor sleep) and can sometimes be attributed to "typical teen behavior".

In brief: A form of epilepsy..

Usually seen in adolescents - described as involuntary spasms (or jerking) of an upper extremity (such as flinging a comb or a toothbrush) which may, about 1/4 of the time, also demonstrate generalized seizures later in life.
Most do not, however. Usually worse in kids that are overly fatigued (e.g. Staying up late/poor sleep) and can sometimes be attributed to "typical teen behavior".
Dr. Noel Alonso
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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology
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In brief: JME

Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy is a tendency to have seizures.
It presents in teenagers and young adults. It includes myoclonic (muscle twitching) seizures and convulsive seizures. Stimulation with a flashing light is sometimes associated with a brief seizure. http://www.neurocuro.com/juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy/

In brief: JME

Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy is a tendency to have seizures.
It presents in teenagers and young adults. It includes myoclonic (muscle twitching) seizures and convulsive seizures. Stimulation with a flashing light is sometimes associated with a brief seizure. http://www.neurocuro.com/juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy/
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