Misdiagnosis of Complex Absence Seizures

Elson L. So, Don W. King, Alice J. Murvin

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Abstract

Video-EEG monitoring disclosed absence seizures in five patients who were treated for partial seizures. Analysis of the historical and video data showed the presence of several potentially misleading ictal manifestations as follows: unidirectional head and/or eye turning, symmetric clonic activity, urinary incontinence, loss of balance causing injuries, focal clonic activity, and de novo automatisms. Without EEG correlation, complex absence seizures may be difficult to differentiate from other types of seizures. When correctly diagnosed, appropriate therapy may improve seizure control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)640-641
Number of pages2
JournalArchives of Neurology
Volume41
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

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Absence Epilepsy
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Therapeutics

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Misdiagnosis of Complex Absence Seizures. / So, Elson L.; King, Don W.; Murvin, Alice J.

In: Archives of Neurology, Vol. 41, No. 6, 1984, p. 640-641.

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So, Elson L. ; King, Don W. ; Murvin, Alice J. / Misdiagnosis of Complex Absence Seizures. In: Archives of Neurology. 1984 ; Vol. 41, No. 6. pp. 640-641.
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