L'epilessia nel disturbo pervasivo dello sviluppo non altrimenti specificato

Translated title of the contribution: Epilepsy in pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified

A. Parmeggiani, A. Posar, C. Antolini, M. C. Scaduto, M. Santucci, P. Giovanardi-Rossi

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Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) is a frequent type of pervasive developmental disorder We studied epilepsy recurrence and features in 77 patients with PDD-NOS and 77 with autistic disorder (AD) matched for sex and age. Seizures recurred in 35.1% of PDD-NOS cases and in 20.8% of AD (p > 0.05). In PDD-NOS mild mental retardation prevailed (p <0.01) as positive neurological examination (p <0.05), cerebral lesions (p <0.01), EEG background abnormalities (p <0.001), rare genetic diseases (p <0.01). Familial antecedents for epilepsy prevailed in patients with PDD-NOS and seizures (p <0.01), psychomotor retardation in cases with seizures and/or EEG paroxysmal abnormalities (p <0.05). The association of different types of EEG paroxysmal abnormalities prevailed in PDD-NOS with epilepsy (p <0.05). The age of seizure onset was earlier in PDD-NOS than in DA (p <0.00000001). Our data suggest to perform a protocol of investigations for etiological diagnosis in PDD-NOS.

Translated title of the contributionEpilepsy in pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)113-115
Number of pages3
JournalBollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia
Issue number125-126
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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