Talk:Absence seizure

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Since the word "seizure" refers to a police officer's taking property or the like, some context-setting would help. E.g., "In medicine ..." Michael Hardy 00:41, 18 Nov 2003 (UTC)

Absence seizure is exclusively a medical term. Andrea Carter (at your service | my good deeds) 03:25, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

Vigabatrin is not an agonist[edit]

"In particular, the GABA agonists vigabatrin and tiagabine are used to induce..." vigabatrin is not an agonist. . It is an analog of GABA, but it is not a receptor agonist! Rcosta4540 (talk) 19:26, 13 November 2011 (UTC)

Reasons other than epilepsy[edit]

Care to expand on the other causes of these seizures please? Cheers, --Rebroad 16:04, 25 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Physical damage can be one: I have petit mal seizures. I was born with about half of my cerebellum missing. I'm not epileptic at all though. HalfShadow 15:51, 5 June 2007 (UTC)
In order for seizures to diagnosed as epilepsy they must be unprovoked or reflex. So a seizure occurring right after a stroke/cocaine usage couldn't be diagnosed as epilepsy but a seizure occurring later due to the long-term damage caused by stroke/cocaine could be. Andrea Carter (at your service | my good deeds) 03:25, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

What does the last paragraph in the summary mean?[edit]

They sometimes move from one location to another without any purpose. What are they? People experiencing seizures? The location of the seizure? 06:49, 12 July 2006 (UTC)

The former. I clarified this in the article since the original was, as you pointed out, confusing. --Dpryan 18:46, 19 September 2006 (UTC)

I have had Absent Epilepsy since I was 3.[edit]

I have had absent epilepsy since I was 3 and i have found that if it does not go away i may never be able to drive. I have taken some medications too! 16:30, 16 November 2007 (UTC)Sam M.


A doctor told me that it was not pronounced as English "Absence" but rather as French "Absence", ab-since versus ab-sohnz. Could anyone confirm? (talk) 08:27, 20 May 2008 (UTC)

I've got no official source, but I work as an assistant to an epilepsy specialist and she pronounces it ab-since, for what good it does for you. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:27, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

I'm a med student in the US. All of our professors pronounced it ab-sohnz. Like petit mal, the term was introduced by a French physician (Louis-Florentin Calmeil), which is probably why it is pronounced in the French manner. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:26, 16 September 2009 (UTC)


In my opinion, I don't believe the average visitor to this page will have any idea what "thalamocortical oscillations" are. An explanation or perhaps a link to an external explanation would be helpful. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:57, 18 July 2008 (UTC)

New study[edit]

I added a new (Mar 2010) study to the medications section and note that the following section mentions a new "large - more than 400 pts." study is to be done, and it seems that the one I have added actually may be from that "new" study. Does anyone watch over this article? I have no special interest in it and only wanted to add this study that I ran across, but it does need to be updated... Gandydancer (talk) 20:03, 13 March 2010 (UTC)

Syndromes of genetic generalised epilepsies with absence seizures[edit]

There's no reference for this sort of classification. Most importantly, I'd like to see a reference for this: These types of seizures are also known to occur to patients suffering with Porphyria, and can be triggered by stress or other Porphrin-inducing factors.

Also, which type of seizures? Absence seizures or the syndromes described above? I'd like to mention that 3 of these syndromes seem to be the same one, namely juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. (talk) 10:21, 17 August 2012 (UTC)


There should be a pronunciation guide as the predominant pronunciation is ab-sonz as it is derived from french,but only if you dont know anything about medicibe (as with petit mal seizers). Nasukaren (talk) 20:19, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Format of the article[edit]

- this article is in need of "wikification" it does not flow very well and is all over the place with too much detail in some areas and not enough in others. There are things that need to be added to this subject but it is difficult to do so in its current format. Heyinternetman (talk) 01:27, 20 February 2014 (UTC)

Use ICD10 as a guide to organizing content[edit]

The ICD10 coding provides a suitable context for the merging of particular classifications of the types of seizures, including juvenile. Perhaps this would help to organize this entry?

Entry is too clinical[edit]

This entry reads like a medical text or journal article and is too technical for the average Wikipedia user. I think it needs to be rewritten by someone who knows the subject but can tailor that knowledge to fit the needs of people with little or no medical background. It also needs more links. Rissa -- obsessive/compulsive copy editor 20:33, 8 April 2014 (UTC)