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The inappropriate use of carbamazepine (CBZ) in 8 children, and vigabatrin (VGB) in 2, among 18 consecutive referrals of children with resistant typical absence seizures, is reported from St Thomas' and Guy's Hospitals, London, UK. Frequency of absences had increased in 4 of the children who received CBZ and 2 of these developed myoclonic jerks in addition, which resolved after CBZ withdrawal. Typical absence epilepsy was confirmed by EEG, video-EEG, or both. Subsequent control of seizures wasdoi:10.15844/pedneurbriefs-12-10-6 fatcat:oldvn45cpbgnxkl6zxd4gf2uoe