Absence seizures are a type of epilepsy. This is a condition that causes seizures.
Seizures are caused by abnormal brain activity. These mixed messages confuse your brain
and cause a seizure. An absence seizure causes you to blank out or stare into space for
a few seconds. They can also be called petit mal seizures. Absence seizures are most
common in children and usually don’t cause any long-term problems. These types of
seizures are often set off by a period of very fast breathing (hyperventilation).
Absence seizures usually occur in children between ages 4 and 14. A child may have 10,
50, or even 100 absence seizures in a given day, and you may not notice them. Most
children who have typical absence seizures are otherwise normal. But absence seizures
can get in the way of learning and affect concentration at school. This is why prompt
treatment is important.
everyone who has a seizure has epilepsy. Usually a diagnosis of epilepsy can be made
after 2 or more seizures.
Absence seizures often occur along with other types of seizures that cause muscle
jerking, twitching, and shaking. Absence seizures may be confused with other types of
seizures. Doctors will pay close attention to your symptoms to make the right diagnosis.
This is important for effective and safe treatment of your seizures.
uncommon for absence seizures to continue into adulthood. But it’s possible to have an
absence seizure at any age.