ATONIC ABSENCE SEIZURE
\ɐtˈə͡ʊnɪk ˈabsəns sˈiːʒə], \ɐtˈəʊnɪk ˈabsəns sˈiːʒə], \ɐ_t_ˈəʊ_n_ɪ_k ˈa_b_s_ə_n_s s_ˈiː_ʒ_ə]\
Definitions of ATONIC ABSENCE SEIZURE
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A childhood seizure disorder characterized by rhythmic electrical brain discharges of geneneralized onset. Clinical features include a sudden cessation of ongoing activity usually without loss of postural tone. Rhythmic blinking of the eyelids or lip smacking frequently accompanies the seizure. The usual duration is 5-10 seconds, and multiple episodes may occur daily. Juvenile absence epilepsy is characterized by the juvenile onset of absence seizures and an increased incidence of myoclonus and tonic-clonic seizures. (Menkes, Textbook of Child Neurology, 5th ed, p736)
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