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
and cause a seizure. An absence seizure causes you to blank out or stare into space
a few seconds. They can also be called petit mal seizures. Absence seizures are most
common in children. They usually don’t cause any long-term problems. They're often
off by a period of very fast breathing (hyperventilation).
Absence seizures often occur in children between ages 4 and 14. A child may have 10,
50, or even 100 absence seizures in 1 day, and you may not notice them. Most children
who have typical absence seizures are otherwise normal. But these seizures can get
the way of learning. They can affect concentration at school. This is why getting
treatment right away is important.
everyone who has a seizure has epilepsy. Often a diagnosis of epilepsy can be made
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
seizures. Healthcare providers will pay close attention to your symptoms to make the
right diagnosis. This is important to ensure safe, effective treatment.
absence seizures don't continue into adulthood. But it’s possible to have them at