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EPILEPSY, med. jur. A disease of the brain, which occurs in paroxysms, with uncertain intervals between them.
     2. These paroxysms are characterized by the loss of sensation, and convulsive motions of the muscles. When long continued and violent, this disease is very apt to end in dementia. (q.v.) It gradually destroys the memory, and impairs the intellect, and is one of the causes of an unsound mind. 8 Ves. 87. Vide Dig. 50, 16, 123; Id. 21, 1, 4, 5.

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CX-8998 was more effective than the commonly prescribed anti-epileptic drug ethosuximide in reducing absence seizures in Genetic Absence Epilepsy Rats from Strasbourg (GAERS), a highly predictive model of absence epilepsy.
Satishchandra, "Scalp high frequency oscillations (HFOs) in absence epilepsy: an independent component analysis (ICA) based approach," Epilepsy Research, vol.
Yang et al., "EEG-fMRI study on the interictal and ictal generalized spike-wave discharges in patients with childhood absence epilepsy," Epilepsy Research, vol.
Song et al., "Grey matter anomalies in drug-naive childhood absence epilepsy: a voxel-based morphometry study with MRI at 3.0 T," Epilepsy Research, vol.
Childhood Absence Epilepsy (CAE) is thought to be a general form of epilepsy which is believed to affect the entire brain (Chen, Lu, Pan, Zhang, Wu, Xu & Ding, 2003).
Aphasic status in Landau-Kleffner syndrome, absence status in juvenile absence epilepsy, NCSE in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and de novo (sometimes recurring) absence status of elderly are other entities listed deserving special attention (2,3).
His mother (patient 3), who had very similar initial presentation, developed absence epilepsy with eyelid myoclonia during her second year of life.
(6) Structural lesions are less likely to be discovered with primary generalized seizures (eg, in childhood absence epilepsy), but are very common with partial seizures.
Liwsi Mo Hoyland, a pupil at Ysgol Abercaseg, Bethesda, was just five years old when diagnosed with Atypical Absence Epilepsy last year.