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Absence Seizure

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  • Absence seizure

    Absence seizures involve brief, sudden lapses of consciousness. They're more common in children than adults. Someone having an absence seizure may look like he or she is staring into space for a few seconds. This type of seizure usually doesn't lead to physical injury.

  • Absence seizure

    Typically, this type of seizure lasts between 10 and 30 seconds. The person, most often a child aged 5 to 15, abruptly stops whatever he's doing (talking, walking) and appears to "stare into space." Absence seizures rarely cause a true convulsion in which the person falls down or collapses. Despite briefly losing consciousness, the person recovers fully with no lingering confusion or other ill effects. These "spells" may occur infrequently or several times per hour. In children, absence seizures may interfere with learning and are often misinterpreted as daydreaming or inattention. About a quarter of people who have absence seizures will develop another type of generalized seizure called tonic-clonic seizures (formerly called ''grand mal'' seizures). The vast majority of children, however, will outgrow them

  • Absence seizure

    The mortality is more with GTCS, but not in those with absence seizures. Mortality is also related to duration of disease and seizure frequency. Death in epileptic patients may be directly related to seizure/status epilepticus, due to accidents during a seizure and drowning, suicide, side effects of antiepileptic drugs such as neoplasia, blood dyscrasia, hepatic failure, toxic epidermal necrolysis or due to Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy

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