Early-onset occipital idiopathic epilepsy: A syndrome to be treated?

Giovanni Lanzi, Francesca Longaretti, Antonino Romeo, Giuseppe Capovilla, Elisa Granocchio, Maurizio Viri, Pierangelo Veggiotti

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate prognostic factors in early-onset childhood epilepsy with occipital paroxysms. We studied retrospectively a population of 46 patients, which was divided into three groups according to seizure frequency: group 1, patients experiencing a single seizure (33%); group 2, patients experiencing two to six seizures (48%); and group 3, patients experiencing more than six seizures (20%). The mean follow-up period was about 5 years in the three groups. At the end of the first 6 months of this retrospective follow-up, the average number of seizures was higher in group 3 (2.9 seizures) than in groups 2 and 1 (1.8 and 1 seizure, respectively). We suggest that low seizure frequency in the first 6 months of follow-up could have prognostic value. We propose that the introduction of anti-epilepsy drugs be delayed for 6 months following epilepsy onset and be subsequently limited to patients with frequent seizure recurrence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-75
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Child Neurology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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