7-year-old with episodes of spacing out and eyes fluttering

This was an interesting case. This child was previously diagnosed with attention deficit disorder and is being treated with medications for this concern. Brief seizures such as these – called “absence” seizures – are a form of generalized epilepsy. Many subtypes have been characterized. The technique shown, of blowing a tissue to cause hyperventilation, can sometimes induce this kind of seizure. I personally have never tried this technique, but I find it fascinating.

If you carefully observe the video, you might notice that the child slows down and stares with some eye fluttering. How would you manage this patient in your clinical setting?

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