Absence seizure - Definition

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The absence defines a transient and isolated loss of consciousness. It is a form of generalized seizure, it is also called "petit mal." It affects mainly children between two and ten years old. During an absence, the child loses contact with their surroundings and no longer responds to stimuli. There are no motor symptoms, as is the case in other forms of generalized epilepsy. The child appears to be frozen, eyes vague and has no memory of the moments of the attack. This type of epilepsy is generally much improved with anti-epileptic treatment.