What are the symptoms of myoclonic epilepsy?

Muscle spasms. Seizures usually have a stiff tonic phase followed by rhythmic jerking or clonic phase. Myoclonic spasms can be isolated and independent. Infants may have a series of painful spasms especially upon awakening. Adolescents may have morning spasms and even drop or throw their toothbrush. Lennox-gastaut patients may have massive spasms or drop attacks that are myoclonic. Difficult to treat.

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What's myoclonic epilepsy look like?

Sudden jerks. Myoclonus involves a sudden involuntary jumping of a limb or even the trunk. It can be benign, as legs may jerk on going to sleep, or it can be very troublesome after contact with inadequate oxygen (hypoxia). A typical myoclonic epilepsy is "juvenile myoclonic epilepsy" which is not uncommon, and has the jerking, but also episodes of loss of consciousness. Specific meds are needed. Read more...

What is juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

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". Read more...
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/ Read more...

Is there a cure for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

No. There is no cure, but with appropiate ant-convulsant medication, these seizures can be controlled. There are no life-long diabilities with this condition, normal development expected. Read more...
Gone with time. Most cases of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (jme) do have to remain on some medication for many years. There are some cases where they are able to discontinue medication within a couple years of treatment. This is not a cure, but is a condition of resolution of the condition with time. There is no specific treatment that is designed to cure. Medications help control as well as good health habits. Read more...
Not cure, treatment. there is no cure for myoclonic epilepsy, but there are anticonvulsants that may be able to control it. Read more...

Is there a loss of sensorium in myoclonic epilepsy? And can it be inherited as autosomal dominant?

Myoclonic Epilepsy . is a group of I epilepsies. The progressive myoclonic epilepsies have different patterns of inheritance. Some are associated with changes in sensorium. Ask your OB if molecular genetic testing like Chromosomal Microarray is available. If the affected family member(s) & both parents can be tested, a geneticist or genetic counselor can give you the answer you seek. . Read more...

What is the meaning of myoclonic epilepsy with ragged red fibers?

Genetic disease. It is a genetic disease that results from abnormalities in parts of the cells called mitochondria which carry out oxygen-dependent reactions. In this type, the patient has myoclonus: sudden jerks in arms and legs due to abnormal discharges in brain, usually without loss of consciousness and weakness in muscles. The abnormal mitochondria look like ragged fibers when examined under microscope. Read more...