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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To come up with the conclusion, the study group compared three medications typically used to treat the most common childhood epilepsy syndrome, childhood absence epilepsy, which is characterized by frequent non-convulsive seizures that cause the child to stop what he or she is doing and stare for up to 30 seconds at time.
Multi-site voxel-based morphometry: methods and a feasibility demonstration with childhood absence epilepsy.
Environmental factors also may play a role in febrile seizures, idiopathic generalized epilepsies such as childhood absence epilepsy, and idiopathic focal epilepsies.

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