Orphanet: Childhood absence epilepsy

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Childhood absence epilepsy

Disease definition

Childhood absence epilepsy (CAE) is a familial generalized pediatric epilepsy, characterized by very frequent (multiple per day) absence seizures, usually occurring in children between the ages of 4 and 10 years, with, in most cases, a good prognosis.


Classification level: Disorder
  • Synonym(s):
    • Pyknolepsy
  • Prevalence: Unknown
  • Inheritance: Autosomal dominant 
  • Age of onset: Childhood, Adolescent
  • ICD-10: G40.3
  • OMIM: 600131  607681  611136  611942  612269
  • UMLS: -
  • MeSH: -
  • GARD: -
  • MedDRA: -
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