A multicenter retrospective survey was performed in four childhood epilepsy centers to define the diagnostic course in patients with epilepsy with onset in the first year of life. A total of 182 children were recruited (male 54%; family history of seizures 12%). The study documented heterogeneous seizure patterns. West syndrome (24% of cases), symptomatic focal epilepsy (24%), and idiopathic focal epilepsy (14%) were the commonest syndromes. An etiologic factor could be documented at first assessment in only 52% of cases. Etiology was however modified during follow-up in 18% of cases. In light of the sstudy results, a standard protocol was devised to be used in a prospective investigation aimed to the development of guidelines.
|Translated title of the contribution||A multicenter retrospective study on epilepsy in the first year of life to devise diagnostic directives and guidelines|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Bollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2011|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology