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Absence Epilepsy - Topic Overview

Childhood absence epilepsy develops between ages 4 and 10. It causes very brief absence seizures that may include staring into space, eye fluttering, and slight muscle jerks.

Juvenile absence epilepsy develops between ages 10 and 17 and causes similar seizures. Many children with juvenile absence epilepsy have generalized tonic-clonic seizures as well.

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Refractory Epilepsy

If your doctor says you have refractory epilepsy, it means that medicine isn't bringing your seizures under control. You might hear the condition called by some other names, such as uncontrolled, intractable, or drug-resistant epilepsy. You can have refractory epilepsy as an adult, or your child might have it. About 1 in 3 people with epilepsy will go on to develop refractory epilepsy. Epilepsy is the medical name for having seizures again and again, when there doesn't seem to be a clear cause...

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Both childhood and juvenile absence epilepsy tend to run in families. These types of epilepsy usually respond well to drug therapy.

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Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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