petit mal


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petit mal

a mild form of epilepsy characterized by periods of impairment or loss of consciousness for up to 30 seconds

petit mal

[pə¦tē¦mäl]
(medicine)
A generalized epileptic seizure of the absence type, that is, characterized by different degrees of impaired consciousness.
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Reeves, 22, is graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in anthropology despite battling a form of epilepsy causing petit mal seizures that can make concentration difficult.
THEATRE/SHOWS CARDIFF: Sherman Cymru (029 2064 6900), Crying Out Loud/Circo Aero/Race Horse Company: Petit Mal.
There is a rare form of epilepsy that affects children called Petit Mal or absence seizures.
Absence epilepsy," a generalized type of epilepsy once termed petit mal epilepsy, responds to ethosuximide (Zarontin[R]).
Also known as petit mal, this form of epilepsy occurs mainly in children and is marked by seconds-long lapses in consciousness.
Generalized seizures range from simple staring spells-called absence or petit mal seizures-to convulsions with jerking motions of the body and limbs--called tonic-clonic or grand mal seizures--to anything in between.
But she may have a completely different kind of epilepsy, called petit mal, where there is no real loss of consciousness but simply a dreamlike state, lasting between five and 30 seconds during which she is out of touch with her surroundings and cannot be roused.
Physicians who suspect a child is experiencing absence seizures--formerly known as petit mal epilepsy--should first rule out other conditions, said Dr.
Your doctor will want to rule out a condition called petit mal.
The Company's product development programs focus on two novel, proprietary classes of compounds: Epalons, to treat petit mal epilepsy, anxiety and sleep disorders, and Glystasins, to treat stroke and head trauma, chronic pain and grand mal epilepsy.