Myoclonic seizures affect a small number of children and adults with generalized epilepsy of unknown cause (idiopathic). In children and teens with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, the seizures seem to occur most often after waking up or while falling asleep.
During a myoclonic seizure:
Myoclonic seizures are almost always very brief.
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
Current as ofFebruary 19, 2016
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