Epilepsy
Seizures

Are petite-mal seizures restricted to children only?

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2007-07-18 06:53:49

Petit mal seizures are not restricted to children Seizures also

known as convulsions occur more often in children than in adults

because the developing brain of a child is more sensitive to

disturbances than the fully grown brain of an adult



Petit mal seizures are usually brief and consist of vacant staring

and loss of muscle tone, or, conversely, there may be muscle

rigidity. Objects held in the hands may be dropped. Often, there is

a brief blackout of memory. But rare in these milder seizures are

such things as loss of continence, usually associated with the

convulsive grand mal seizures, or with uncontrolled wild behavior,

as in psychomotor seizures.


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