Absence Seizure

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A generalised onset seizure predominantly seen in children – commonly mistaken for daydreaming and inattentiveness. Characterised by staring, loss of facial expression, unresponsiveness, suddenly stopping activity and sometimes eye blinking or upward eye movements – they start and end abruptly, and can last from 2-20 seconds. There is usually an immediate recovery of mental function and resumption of previous activity with no memory of the event.