The clinical features of nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy (NFLE) consist of a spectrum of paroxysmal motor manifestations ranging from minor motor events (MMEs) to paroxysmal arousals (PAs) and major seizures. During MMEs and PAs scalp EEG generally does not show definite ictal abnormalities. We describe the clinical and electrophysiological features of three patients affected by drug-resistant NFLE studied with intracerebral electrodes during a presurgical evaluation. The stereo-EEG (SEEG) investigation revealed that MMEs can be fragments of the major seizure and occur during a brief epileptic discharge or on the following arousal. PAs, in the same subject, do not show a definite stereotypy despite the morphological and topographic similarity of the epileptic discharges, thus indicating that other variables may influence the clinical features of PAs.
- Nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy
- Paroxysmal arousals
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology