petit mal epilepsy

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Related to Childhood absence epilepsy: Juvenile Absence Epilepsy
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Noun1.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"
epilepsy - a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by loss of consciousness and convulsions
absence seizure, absence - 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
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The Neural Correlates of Childhood Absence Epilepsy
Long-term follow-up of different clinical JME subtypes (classic JME; childhood absence epilepsy evolving to JME, JME with adolescent absence and JME with astatic seizures) conducted by Martinez-Juarey et al.
It presents similarly to childhood absence epilepsy, but after age 10 years.
A relatively less-common condition called childhood absence epilepsy (CAE) may easily be misdiagnosed as ADHD, especially the predominantly inattentive type.
A patient with childhood absence epilepsy, for example, will not have respiratory compromise with seizures, and therefore, to place a bag and mask at that child's bedside is an unnecessary use of hospital resources.

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