Video EEG-polysomnography is the gold standard in the differential diagnosis between nocturnal frontal lobe seizures (NFLS) and non-epileptic paroxysmal sleep disorders. Nevertheless it is expensive and not available everywhere. The aim of this study is to measure the diagnostic accuracy of clinical history in distinguishing NFLS from non-epileptic paroxysmal sleep disorders. 5 major and 13 minor anamnestic criteria were enucleated to be tested in the diagnosis of NFLS. On the basis of these criteria a questionnaire was devised and telephonically administered to 103 patients by a newly qualified doctor, blinded to the aim of the study and the final diagnosis. 44 subjects had documented NFLS. Generally, sensitivity appeared to be moderate and specificity resulted to be high for most of the possible criteria associations. From this preliminary study we enucleated 1 major and 6 minor clinical criteria for the anamnestic diagnosis of NFLS. The diagnostic accuracy of these criteria appeared to have moderate sensitivity and high specificity.
|Translated title of the contribution||Accuracy of proposed criteria for the diagnosis of nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Bollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia|
|Publication status||Published - May 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology