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epilepsy develops between ages 4 and 10. It causes
very brief absence seizures that may include staring into space, eye
fluttering, and slight muscle jerks.
Juvenile absence epilepsy develops between ages 10 and 17 and causes
similar seizures. Many children with juvenile absence epilepsy have
generalized tonic-clonic seizures as well.
Both childhood and juvenile absence epilepsy tend to run in families.
These types of epilepsy usually respond well to drug therapy.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerSteven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
Current as ofJune 2, 2016
Current as of:
June 2, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
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