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Simple Absence Seizures

Absence Seizures are brief episodes of staring. During the seizure, awareness and responsiveness are impaired. People who have them usually don't realize when they've had one. There is no warning before a seizure, and the person is completely alert immediately afterward.

Simple absence seizures are just stares. Absence seizures are brief episodes of staring, and are not responsive and lack awareness. Many absence seizures are considered complex absence seizures, indicating that they include a change in muscle activity. Examples of muscle activity include eye blinks, slight tasting movements, rubbing fingers together, or muscle contractions or relaxations. Complex absence seizures are often more han 10 seconds long.

The diagnosis can be difficult if the behavior during seizures is similar to the child's usual behavior. The QEEG (electroencephalogram), which records brain waves, will be used, but most children with these seizures have patterns on their EEG when they're not having a seizure that are similar to the seizure pattern. 

Absence seizures occur in children between the ages of 4-14.  Most children that have absence seizures before the age of 9 will out grow them before they are 18.  Children with absence seizures do have higher rates of behavioral, educational, and social problems

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