Which activity modifications are used in the treatment of absence seizures?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Scott Segan, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Physical activity should not be restricted any more than necessary. Activities in which a seizure might pose a threat, such as swimming or rock climbing, may be allowed with appropriate supervision. A child with epilepsy should not be unnecessarily handicapped. Patients with uncontrolled absence seizures should not be allowed to drive. The situation may be unclear when the patient's clinical seizures are controlled but the EEG still shows some spike-wave activity.


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