Rapid Review: Absence Seizures

June 2, 2017
Absence seizure (petit mal)

Absence Seizures

  • Patient will be a 5–10 years old
  • Sudden mental status alteration without motor activity or a blank stare
  • EEG during an event would show symmetric 3 Hz spike and wave activity
  • Treatment is ethosuximide
  • Comments: There will be no aura or postictal state

By Yehuda Wolf, MPA, PA-C

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