Natural evolution from idiopathic photosensitive occipital lobe epilepsy to idiopathic generalized epilepsy in an untreated young patient

Francesca Bonini, Gabriella Egeo, Jinan Fattouch, Martina Fanella, Alessandra Morano, Anna Teresa Giallonardo, Carlo di Bonaventura

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Abstract

Idiopathic photosensitive occipital lobe epilepsy (IPOE) is an idiopathic localization-related epilepsy characterized by age-related onset, specific mode of precipitation, occipital photic-induced seizures - frequently consisting of visual symptoms - and good prognosis. This uncommon epilepsy, which usually starts in childhood or adolescence, has rarely been observed in families in which idiopathic generalized epilepsy also affects other members. We describe a nuclear family in which the proband showed electro-clinical features of idiopathic photosensitive occipital lobe epilepsy in childhood, which subsequently evolved into absences and a single generalized tonico-clonic seizure in early adolescence. His mother had features suggestive of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. This case illustrates a continuum between focal and generalized entities in the spectrum of the so-called idiopathic (genetically determined) epileptic syndromes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-350
Number of pages5
JournalBrain and Development
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Electroencephalography
  • Idiopathic photosensitive occipital lobe epilepsy
  • Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy
  • Photosensitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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