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childhood absence epilepsy

noun

medical Definition of childhood absence epilepsy

: epilepsy that typically begins between the ages of four and eight and is marked by the frequent, daily occurrence of absence seizures
  • Often misperceived as a benign form of epilepsy, childhood absence epilepsy is associated with variable remission rates; affected children have cognitive deficits and long-term psychosocial difficulties.
  • —Tracy A. Glauser et al.The New England Journal of Medicine4 Mar. 2010
called also pyknolepsy

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