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154 Possible Causes for Staring Spells

  • Absence Seizure

    A typical absence seizure manifests as a staring spell that can last between 10 and 30 seconds.[epilepsy.about.com] Abstract In seven children, 5-11 years old, who presented with spells of staring or unresponsiveness, hyperventilation reproduced clinical spells that were accompanied on[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] So they look like a sort of eye roll or an eye deviation and a staring spell. Steve Wolf MD: I'll act it for you.[howcast.com]

  • Epilepsy

    Some people may have simple staring spells. Others have violent shaking and loss of alertness. The type of seizure depends on the part of the brain that is affected.[nlm.nih.gov] Your doctor can tell you more about the specific type of seizure you may have: Absence (petit mal) seizure (staring spells) Generalized tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizure (involves[nlm.nih.gov]

  • Autism

    spells.[web.archive.org] 22] Seizures, caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain, can produce a temporary loss of consciousness (a “blackout”), a body convulsion, unusual movements, or staring[web.archive.org]

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

    We report the case of a school-age child with a history of hearing loss presenting with staring spells.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] spells but he then continued to have behavioral issues.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Electroencephalography (EEG) revealed a pattern consistent with absence epilepsy, and the patient was started on antiepileptic medication with decreased frequency of staring[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

  • Migraine Equivalent

    A 13-year-old mentally retarded boy suffered from repeated vomiting attacks since infancy. Each episode lasted 2 to 10 days, and was precipitated by respiratory infection, exercise or stress. During an attack he became irritated, agitated and amnesic, but did not have headaches or seizures. Associated findings[…][ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

  • Attention Deficit Disorder

    Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Clinical Features and Familial Transmission Kevin M. Antshel, PhD; Prashant Kaul, MD; Joseph Biederman, MD; Thomas J. Spencer, MD; Bridget O. Hier, MS; Kaitlin Hendricks, MS; and Stephen V. Faraone, PhD J Clin Psychiatry[…][dx.doi.org]

  • Tourette Syndrome

    To develop a guide to clinical assessment and pharmacotherapy for children and adults with Tourette syndrome (TS), we reviewed published literature over the past 25 years to identify original articles and reviews on the assessment and pharmacological treatment of Tourette syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactivity[…][ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

  • Unverricht-Lundborg Syndrome

    spells 0002121 Ataxia 0001251 Autosomal recessive inheritance 0000007 Generalized tonic-clonic seizures Grand mal seizures 0002069 Mental deterioration Cognitive decline[rarediseases.info.nih.gov] Mental retardation, nonspecific Mental-retardation [ more ] 0001249 Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO Absence seizure Brief seizures with staring[rarediseases.info.nih.gov]

  • Focal Motor Seizure

    Depending on where in the brain the seizure starts, symptoms can include: Abnormal muscle contraction, such as abnormal head or limb movements Staring spells, sometimes with[medlineplus.gov] spells with no motor movements are key feature usually shorter than complex partial seizures may have a look of confusion or of being “out of it” normal functioning returns[barrowneuro.org] They include: Absence – a sudden lapse in awareness and responsiveness that look like brief staring spells or daydreaming Tonic-Clonic – the body stiffens (the tonic phase[epilepsy.org.au]

  • Juvenile Absence Epilepsy

    The seizures onset is typically between 9 and 13 years of age and it manifests as a ''staring spell'' that can be accompanied by atonic postures such as drooping of the head[orpha.net] The seizures of juvenile absence epilepsy (JAE) are characterized by staring spells ( absence seizures ) during which the young person is not aware or responsive.[epilepsy.com] Absence epilepsy is a type of primary generalized epilepsy in children, and usually presents as staring spells.[docneuro.com]

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