Quite different from childhood absence epilepsy! Less nice.
- Onset 9-12 years but occasionally younger.
- Non-remitting, despite the name
- Longer absences eg 45 seconds, more frequent
- Automatisms (eg eye flickering, lip smacking), may be able to continue some automatic activities during absence
- Occasional tonic clonic seizures, myoclonic jerks despite the name! But much less commonly seen than in juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME).
- Not photosensitive cf JME.
- Treat with valproate, ethosuximide (unless tonic clonic seizures), or lamotrigine.