Treatment of typical absence seizures and related epileptic syndromes.

  title={Treatment of typical absence seizures and related epileptic syndromes.},
  author={Chrysostomos P Panayiotopoulos},
  journal={Paediatric drugs},
  volume={3 5},
Typical absences are brief (seconds) generalised seizures of sudden onset and termination. They have 2 essential components: clinically, the impairment of consciousness (absence) and, generalised 3 to 4Hz spike/polyspike and slow wave discharges on electroencephalogram (EEG). They differ fundamentally from other seizures and are pharmacologically unique. Their clinical and EEG manifestations are syndrome-related. Impairment of consciousness may be severe, moderate, mild or inconspicuous. This… CONTINUE READING