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CASE REPORT
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 188-191

Absence seizure in the elderly


1 Department of Medicine, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
2 Department of Psychiatry, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Owolabi L Femi
Department of Medicine, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, PMB 3452, Kano
Nigeria
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DOI: 10.4103/1596-3519.82060

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Absence seizure is most common in children. It commonly occurs between 5 and 18 years of age; it is not common before the age of 2 years or after adolescence and it is relatively rare in adults over the age of 50. We report a case of electroencephalography confirmed absence seizure and absence status successfully treated with sodium valproate in an elderly patient with dementia. Differential diagnosis between absence status and complex partial seizure is emphasized.


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