Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy
Other Names for this Disease
- Petit mal, impulsive
- Janz syndrome
- Myoclonic epilepsy, juvenile, 1
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Avoidance of precipitating events such as alcohol use and sleep deprivation may be useful but is not sufficient to control the seizures of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Medical therapy with anticonvulsants is typically needed and well tolerated. The majority of patients can be well controlled on a single drug, most commonly valproic acid or lamotrigine or possibly topiramate. More details about the medications used to treat juvenile myoclonic epilepsy can be found at the following link.
Last updated: 1/20/2009
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- Geller T. JME: juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Epilepsy Foundation. http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/local/stlouis/images/Davies4.pdf. Accessed 1/20/2009.
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