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Epilepsy, Absence

A seizure disorder usually occurring in childhood characterized by rhythmic electrical brain discharges of generalized onset. Clinical features include a sudden cessation of ongoing activity usually without loss of postural tone. Rhythmic blinking of the eyelids or lip smacking frequently accompanies the SEIZURES. The usual duration is 5-10 seconds, and multiple episodes may occur daily. Juvenile absence epilepsy is characterized by the juvenile onset of absence seizures and an increased incidence of myoclonus and tonic-clonic seizures. (Menkes, Textbook of Child Neurology, 5th ed, p736)

Year introduced: 1992

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Tree Number(s): C10.228.140.490.375.260, C10.228.140.490.493.125

MeSH Unique ID: D004832

Entry Terms:

  • Absence Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy, Petit Mal
  • Petit Mal Epilepsy
  • Akinetic Petit Mal
  • Petit Mal, Akinetic
  • Childhood Absence Epilepsy
  • Absence Epilepsy, Childhood
  • Epilepsy, Childhood Absence
  • Pyknolepsy
  • Pyknolepsies
  • Pykno-Epilepsy
  • Pykno Epilepsy
  • Absence Seizure Disorder
  • Absence Seizure Disorders
  • Seizure Disorders, Absence
  • Seizure Disorder, Absence
  • Juvenile Absence Epilepsy
  • Absence Epilepsy, Juvenile
  • Epilepsy, Juvenile Absence
  • Epilepsy Juvenile Absence
  • Epilepsy, Absence, Atypical
  • Epilepsy, Minor
  • Minor Epilepsy

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