Absence seizures in childhood absence epilepsy are typically frequent (multiple daily) and brief (average 10 seconds). Awareness and responsiveness are usually severely impaired, but the child may be more responsive towards the end of the seizure.
CAUTION The presence of awareness during absence seizures childhood absence epilepsy is unlikely, other syndromes with absences should be considered.
CAUTION If onset or offset of absences is not abrupt or absences occur less than daily, other syndromes with absences should be considered.
Generalized tonic-clonic seizures - seen occasionally, usually in adolescence, not in the early period after seizure onset.
CAUTION Generalized tonic-clonic seizures before adolescence consider other epilepsy syndromes.
Any other seizure type is not expected in this syndrome.