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Can J Neurol Sci. 2003 Aug;30(3):184-8.

Natural history of absence epilepsy in children.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Calgary, AB, Canada.

Abstract

Absence seizures may be seen in a variety of epileptic syndromes in childhood. Identification of the specific syndrome is important to determine medical prognosis. With childhood absence epilepsy, approximately two thirds of children can be expected to enter long-term remission, while in juvenile absence epilepsy, seizure control is often achieved, however, lifelong treatment is usually required. Other absence syndromes have a poorer prognosis, with lower rates of seizure control and remission. Psychosocial outcome is often poor, even in patients with more benign forms of absence epilepsy. Remission of epilepsy does not preclude psychosocial morbidity.

PMID:
12945939
DOI:
10.1017/s0317167100002560
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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