Since the advent of electroencephalography, it has been clearly demonstrated that all epileptic seizures of brief duration are not petit mal. It is important that the physician who cares for epileptic patients be cognizant of this fact, since the treatment and prognosis of petit mal epilepsy differ in most respects from that of other types of epilepsy. Petit mal epilepsy is primarily a disorder of childhood and seldom continues into adulthood. It is a comparatively rare type of epileptic spell: of 15,102 epileptic patients, only 364 (2.3%) had “true” petit mal epilepsy. It is a relatively benign disturbance and rarely causes demonstrable evidence of pathological cerebral changes, except in those patients who have frequent attacks of petit mal status. Since patients with petit mal epilepsy are prone to develop major seizures, concurrent administration of petit mal and major motor anticonvulsants (combined therapy) is recommended.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association|
|State||Published - Oct 18 1965|
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