Kibria E. Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. J Am Osteopath Assoc 1993;93(1):126. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.19184.108.40.206.
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Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy is a genetically transferred generalized epilepsy that affects approximately 7% of adolescents and adults with epilepsy. Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy always has a myoclonic component alone or in combination with generalized tonic-clonic seizure or absence seizure. The myoclonic component is most prominent on waking or in a drowsy state. The electroencephalogram may be normal between seizures. Life-long treatment with valproate is effective in more than 80% of patients. The author describes the clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy in a typical patient.
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