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 Medicine, 4 Mar. 2010

called also pyknolepsy

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