Long-term follow-up in children with benign convulsions associated with gastroenteritis

Alberto Verrotti, Romina Moavero, Federico Vigevano, Laura Cantonetti, Azzurra Guerra, Elisabetta Spezia, Antonella Tricarico, Giuliana Nanni, Sergio Agostinelli, Francesco Chiarelli, Pasquale Parisi, Giuseppe Capovilla, Francesca Beccaria, Alberto Spalice, Giangennaro Coppola, Emilio Franzoni, Valentina Gentile, Susanna Casellato, Pierangelo Veggiotti, Sara MalgesiniGiovanni Crichiutti, Paolo Balestri, Salvatore Grosso, Nelia Zamponi, Gemma Incorpora, Salvatore Savasta, Paola Costa, Dario Pruna, Raffaella Cusmai

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Background The outcome of benign convulsions associated with gastroenteritis (CwG) has generally been reported as being excellent. However, these data need to be confirmed in studies with longer follow-up evaluations. Aim To assess the long-term neurological outcome of a large sample of children presenting with CwG. Methods We reviewed clinical features of 81 subjects presenting with CwG (1994-2010) from three different Italian centers with a follow-up period of at least 3 years. Results Follow-up period ranged from 39 months to 15 years (mean 9.8 years). Neurological examination and cognitive level at the last evaluation were normal in all the patients. A mild attention deficit was detected in three cases (3.7%). Fourteen children (17.3%) received chronic anti-epileptic therapy. Interictal EEG abnormalities detected at onset in 20 patients (24.7%) reverted to normal. Transient EEG epileptiform abnormalities were detected in other three cases (3.7%), and a transient photosensitivity in one (1.2%). No recurrence of CwG was observed. Three patients (3.7%) presented with a febrile seizure and two (2.5%) with an unprovoked seizure, but none developed epilepsy. Conclusions The long-term evaluation of children with CwG confirms the excellent prognosis of this condition, with normal psychomotor development and low risk of relapse and of subsequent epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)572-577
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Paediatric Neurology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Anti-epileptic drugs
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Long-term follow-up
  • Seizure relapse
  • Seizures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Medicine(all)


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