Benign myoclonic epilepsy: Long-term follow-up of 11 new cases

Paola Giovanardi Rossi, Antonia Parmeggiani, Annio Posar, Andrea Santi, Margherita Santucci

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The authors report a long-term follow-up of 11 new subjects with benign myoclonic epilepsy. There were some unusual clinical features such as the need for dual therapy in 45.5% of subjects, and the presence of non-epileptic myoclonus in 54.5%, neither of which influenced the prognosis. Neuropsychological and behavioral evolution was less favorable in 45.5% of patients (mental retardation, school learning problems, attention deficit disorder, hyperkinesia, aggressiveness, irritability, negativism). The less favorable neuropsychological outcome might be related to additional interacting factors such as personal antecedents, seizure onset and antiepileptic treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-479
Number of pages7
JournalBrain and Development
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1997


  • Benign myoclonic epilepsy
  • Epilepsy evolution
  • Myoclonic epilepsies
  • Myoclonic seizures
  • Neuropsychological evaluation
  • Non-epileptic myoclonus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neurology


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