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Juvenile absence epilepsy (JAE) is a common type of epilepsy that typically begins on or after puberty, between the ages of 10 and 17. About one-third of patients with JAE have a family history of seizures.
Children may experience a few absence seizures per day, which are characterized by a brief altered state of conscious and staring episodes. The child may also experience tonic-clonic seizures upon awakening.
EEG testing shows a 3 Hz generalized spike and waves. CT and MRI scans of the brain are typically normal.
Seizures are controlled with medication in 80 percent of cases. Some patients with JAE do not outgrow their seizures and will need to take medication for the rest of their lives. Individuals are encouraged to get enough sleep and avoid alcohol to reduce the likelihood of seizures.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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