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Title: Absence epilepsy in Malta
Authors: Mifsud, Marisa
Keywords: Epilepsy
Petit mal epilepsy
Epilepsy -- Malta -- Case studies
Epilepsy -- Treatment
Pharmacy -- Information services
Issue Date: 1992
Publisher: University of Malta. Department of Pharmacy
Citation: Mifsud, M. (1992). Absence epilepsy in Malta. In A. Serracino-Inglott (Ed.), Pharmacy Final Year Students 1992 Project Abstracts, Vol. 2, (pp. 533-542). University of Malta. Department of Pharmacy.
Abstract: Absence epilepsy (AE), more commonly known as petit mal, is characterised by absences with bilaterally symmetrical and synchronous 24Hz spike-and-slow waves on the EEG. It is a relatively uncommon type of epilepsy, occurring most often in children, and accounting for 5% - 10% of all childhood seizures. The typical absence consists of a momentary disturbance of consciousness during which the patient stares blankly for a few seconds. Other symptoms, namely mild clonic components, atomic and tonic components, antoniatimis and autonomic phenomena, may also be associated with absences. Absence epilepsy is often described as benign and rarely continues into adult life. However a high incidence of generalised tonic clonic seizures (GTCS) has been reported in absence patients, leading to persistance of seizures after adolescence. Modern treatment of AE includes ethosuximide and the more recent drug, sodium valproate.
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