What is the morbidity associated with absence seizures?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Scott Segan, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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The morbidity from typical absence seizures is related to the frequency and duration of the seizures, as well as to the patient's activities; effective treatment ameliorates these factors.

Educational and behavioral problems are sequelae of frequent, unrecognized seizures.

No deaths result directly from absence seizures. However, if an individual suffers an absence seizure while driving or operating dangerous machinery, a fatal accident may occur.

In children with absence seizures due to secondary generalized epilepsies, death is related to the underlying disease.


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