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Petit  Mal Epilepsy
" Could you please repeat that ma'am ?
  I must have passed out."

  If that sounds like your child   complaining then he/she may be   suffeirng from Petit Mal Epilepsy   (PME). PME is a manifestation of a   neurological disorder in the brain, commonly referred to as "fits". It results in brief reversible altera- tion of consciousness, behaviour and perception.

Causes ::
Heredity plays a vital role in PME. Siblings and offsprings of patients have more than two-folds in risk for seizure. Stress, worry, lack of sleep and anxiety may precipitate seizures.

Incidence ::
It starts between the age of 5-13 years. They may be first recognised when the child displays certain learning difficulties in school (blank spells/loss of concentration/poor memory).

Symptoms ::
Seizures manifest mostly on the face and the lips-sudden stare, fluttering of the eyelids, fumbling with clothes, shaking of the hands etc. They usually last for a few seconds.Full recovery occurs in 5-10 seconds and the episode may go unnoticed by the patient, the family and the teacher. EEG is characterisitc

Treatment & prevention ::
If detected early epilepsy can be cured. Help the child maintain self-esteem. For more details consult your doctor.


 
 
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