absence seizure

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absence seizure

n.
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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* valproic acid: used for all kinds of seizures, most often generalized epilepsy with tonic-clonic seizures or absence attacks. Common side effects: excessive weight gain, nausea, drowsiness, hair loss.