What are the signs and symptoms of absence seizures in children?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Twin studies have demonstrated a significant inherited predisposition for typical childhood absence seizures. In children, the seizures are subtle, manifesting as “staring episodes” and often going unrecognized until the child develops a generalized tonic-clonic (previously known as “grand mal”) seizure. Sudden decreased performance in school or overall attention may be a subtle manifestation of frequent absence seizures.


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