Neuropsychological study during and after an absence status

G. Samoggia, G. Ambrosetto, L. Volpi

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A neuropsychological investigation was performed during EEG recording in a 15 year old epileptic girl with absence status and progressive mental impairment. The intellectual performances were tested many times, during and after the episode of absence status, lasting 3 weeks. The aim of the study was to find any correlation between the intellectual performances and the paroxysmal discharges (generalized SW). The results demonstrate the lack of any clear relationship between the cognitive level and the discharge frequency (SW/min). We conclude that the progressive mental impairment observed in this patient was not entirely caused by the waking continuous paroxysmal discharges; other features such as the duration of the epileptic disease, the persistence of the paroxysmal discharges and their occurrence during sleep were adjunctive causative factors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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