Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus: Clinical features and video-polygraphic recordings

M. Di Capua, L. Fusco, S. Ricci, F. Vigevano

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Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus is a syndrome characterized by the occurrence of repetitive myoclonic jerks of the extremities exclusively during non-rapid eye movement sleep in the early life of healthy newborns. No etiological factors are present. The onset is within the first 15 days of life with spontaneous disappearance within 3-4 months. These myoclonic events are commonly diagnosed as epileptic seizures. We observed 12 newborns with this clinical pattern; the follow-up ranges from 12 to 60 months. Long-term video-polygraphic electroencephalographic (EEG) monitoring demonstrated normal EEG activity, thus confirming that these unusual events were nonepileptic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-194
Number of pages4
JournalMovement Disorders
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1993


  • Neonatal myoclonus
  • Non rapid eye movement sleep
  • Nonepileptic disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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