secondary generalized epilepsy

sec·on·dar·y gen·er·al·ized ep·i·lep·sy

a group of epilepsy syndromes of diverse etiologies with diffuse or multifocal cerebral involvement. Patients typically have a variety of generalized seizure types, including tonic, atonic, myoclonic, atypical absence, and generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Partial seizures may also occur. One classic syndrome is the Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
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A prospective long-term study on the outcome after vagus nerve stimulation at maximally tolerated current intensity in a cohort of children with refractory secondary generalized epilepsy. Neuromodulation 2013;16:551-6.
(Thankfully a relatively high dose of one medication in particular has put his seizures under control for the most part.) His seizure disorder is referred to as "secondary generalized epilepsy" (seizures caused by damage done at birth, secondary to brain damage).