Thirty-four epileptic patients, aged 9 to 36, were submitted to A/EEG between May, 1987 and July, 1988. All patients had a thorough clinical and EEG work-up including long-term conventional EEG, afternoon polygraphic sleep recording and, in some cases, full-night EEG and video monitoring. Patients were divided into 2 groups: group I included 19 patients (18 with symptomatic partial epilepsy (SPE) and 1 with idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE) in whom no seizure had ever been recorded in spite of EEG recordings averaging a total of 16 hrs 10 min, awake and asleep); groupe II included 15 subjects (6 with SPE, 5 with IGE, 3 with symptomatic GE and 1 with undetermined epilepsy) in whom one or several seizures had been recorded. A/EEG was performed in order to 1) obtain better clinical and EEG characterization of seizures, 2) study the circadian distribution of seizures, 3) verify the efficacy of drug treatment and 4) establish the epileptic or non-epileptic nature of some ictal events. The results of A/EEG were considered positive in 52.63% of group I patients and in 93.33% of group II patients. The authors discuss the specific advantages of A/EEG vs conventional EEG: recording of seizures with random occurrence, of seizures accompanied by falls, checking the remission of seizures.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Neurophysiologie Clinique / Clinical Neurophysiology|
|Publication status||Published - 1989|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology