Psychopathological disorders and epileptiform EEG abnormalities in children and adolescents

L. Saccomani, M. Cirrincione, M. Savoini, E. Zanotto, A. Matricardi

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The case of two children is presented; they suffer from psychopathological troubles which preceded the appearance of epileptic seizures by months/years. At the moment of the psychiatric diagnosis, EEG epileptic alterations became evident. A girl of 10 had been suffering from depression for 10 months; at the psychiatric diagnosis EEG paroxystic alterations and rare absences were noticed. The antiepileptic therapy completely reduced seizures and depression. In a boy of 12 1/2 , hospitalised for a psychosis which had started 2 years before, EEG epileptic alterations were noticed. Later morpheic seizures appeared. The association of barbiturate to neuroleptics did not modify the psychopathologic picture. In the former case, depression and epilepsy are referred to a common cerebral dysfunctional pathogenesis. In the latter case the pathogenesis of psychosis and epilepsy appears complex: precocious encephalic dysfunction, mental retardation, psychotic organisation of personality, following appearance of EEG alterations and morpheic seizures, also because of activation of convulsivant psychoactive drugs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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