Key clinical point: Patients with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy generally have a long-term quality of life that is generally equal to or better than patients with childhood or juvenile absence epilepsy
But when developed during adolescence, absence epilepsy
can also lead to more serious generalized seizures.
He notes that well-treated youngsters born with little or no cortex regularly display brief losses of consciousness due to absence epilepsy
, a clear sign that at other times they're conscious.
This should lead to improved ability to identify drugs that are more likely to be effective in treating patients with absence epilepsy
Juvenile absence epilepsy
has a peak onset between the ages of 9 and 13.
To come up with the conclusion, the study group compared three medications typically used to treat the most common childhood epilepsy syndrome, childhood absence epilepsy
, which is characterized by frequent non-convulsive seizures that cause the child to stop what he or she is doing and stare for up to 30 seconds at time.
Other diagnoses included absence epilepsy
, photosensitive epilepsies, tuberous sclerosis, West syndrome, severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy, and continuous spike waves during slow-wave sleep.