Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Absence Seizure Symptoms

Common symptoms of petit-mal seizure include:

  • Brief episodes of staring:
    • Brief confusion
    • Loss of attention
    • Loss of awareness
  • Loss of memory for the episode
  • No loss of memory for events prior to the episode
  • Fully alert following the episode

Additional symptoms that may occur during an episode of petit-mal seizure include:
  • Rapid eye blinking
  • Chewing movements of the jaw
  • Lip smacking
  • Fumbling of the hands
  • Slumping of the shoulders
  • Falling

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Last Updated: May 4, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Absence Seizure References
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