Benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS) is the most common partial epilepsy syndrome in the pediatric age group, with an onset between age 3 and 13 years. Atypical evolutions of BECTS are defined by the appearance of severe neuropsychological impairments and continuous spike and waves during slow sleep. In atypical benign focal epilepsy of childhood (ABFEC) several types of seizure, especially partial motor fits, atypical absences and myo-atonic seizures occur. The EEG picture is characterized by a striking contrast between waking records, which usually displayed focal paroxysms, and sleep tracings which shows an almost continuous, diffuse, slow spike-wave activity(1). Neuropsychological and behavioural dysfunctions that can be observed in atypical evolutions of BECTS are considered to be related to intensity and localization of paroxysmal activity during sleep(2). In our study we enrolled 14 children (9 males, 5 females) without structural brain anomaly with atypical forms of benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes, with electrical status epilepticus in slow sleep. We describe the clinical data and evaluate the efficacy of different therapeutic agents.
|Translated title of the contribution||Atypical presentation of benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS) and electrical status epilepticus in slow waves sleep: A case study|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Bollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology