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absence seizure

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A generalized seizure marked by transient loss of consciousness and the absence of convulsions, occurring mostly in children. Also called petit mal seizure.
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Noun1.absence seizure - the occurrence of an abrupt, transient loss or impairment of consciousness (which is not subsequently remembered), sometimes with light twitching, fluttering eyelids, etc.absence seizure - the occurrence of an abrupt, transient loss or impairment of consciousness (which is not subsequently remembered), sometimes with light twitching, fluttering eyelids, etc.; common in petit mal epilepsy
ictus, raptus, seizure - a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease; "he suffered an epileptic seizure"
epilepsia minor, petit mal, petit mal epilepsy - epilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief clouding of consciousness (and possibly other abnormalities); "she has been suffering from petit mal since childhood"
complex absence - an absence seizure accompanied by other abnormalities (atonia or automatisms or vasomotor changes)
pure absence, simple absence - an absence seizure without other complications; followed by 3-per-sec brainwave spikes
subclinical absence - a transient impairment of cortical function demonstrable only by 3-per-second brainwave spikes
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The staring spells of autism and typical absence seizures can easily be confused.
Male and female patients (between 4 and 30 years of age) were included if they had a diagnosis of inadequately controlled seizures associated with LGS (including both atypical absence seizures and drop attacks) and were being treated with 1 to 3 concomitant stable dose antiepileptic drugs (AEDs).
Katie's seizures mainly take the form of atypical absence seizures but she also experiences partial complex seizures (see "First Aid for Seizures").
Absence seizures are at lower risk even with the brief lapse of awareness, because of the very short (3-5 seconds) ictal period.
Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy is characterized by brief jerks of the extremities (termed myoclonus), generalized tonic clonic seizures (often upon awakening in the morning), and, occasionally, absence seizures.
Depakote ER is also indicated for use as sole and adjunctive therapy in the treatment of simple and complex absence seizures in adults and children 10 years of age or older, and adjunctively in adults and children 10 years of age or older with multiple seizure types that include absence seizures.
For example, the diagnosis of childhood petit mal includes an age of onset between 3 and 12, absence seizures triggered by hyperventilation, and a specific EEG pattern of three-per-second spike and wave.
Depakote is also indicated as sole and adjunctive therapy in the treatment of simple and complex seizures and adjunctively in patients with multiple seizure types that include absence seizures.
clonazepam: used for infantile spasms, Leunox-Gastaut syndrome, absence seizures, and, occasionally, generalized and partial seizures.
At the same time, however, the most characteristic manifestation of the Lennox-Gastaut syndrome is a large variety of seizures, such as myoclonic seizures where a group of muscles involuntarily contracts for a short time, and absence seizures where unconsciousness occurs for a short time.
While we waited, Jessica became dehydrated, lethargic, and experienced absence seizures.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Depakote(R) ER (divalproex sodium extended release) tablets for sole and adjunctive therapy to treat complex partial seizures in isolation or in association with other types of seizures and simple and complex absence seizures in children, ages 10 and above, with epilepsy.