Reversible aphasic disorder induced by lamotrigine in atypical benign childhood epilepsy

Domenica Battaglia, Laura Iuvone, Maria Chiara Stefanini, Celeste Acquafondata, Donatella Lettori, Francesca Chiricozzi, Marika Pane, Antonio Mittica, Francesco Guzzetta

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Purpose: We studied an eleven year-old girl with atypical, benign partial epilepsy who acutely presented a severe aphasia associated with marked EEG deterioration after lamotrigine administration. A parallel monitoring of language disorders and EEG changes during the gradual withdrawal of lamotrigine was performed in order to evaluate their possible correlation with lamotrigine administration. Methods: Detailed neuropsychological and linguistic examinations in association with awake and sleep EEG were periodically performed. Results: The evolution of the aphasic disorder was closely related to the EEG abnormalities, and disappeared after the withdrawal of lamotrigine. Conclusions: We considered the hypothesis that our case could be an expression of a paradoxical reaction to lamotrigine, in which the transitory aphasic disorder was sustained by an epileptiform electric activation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-222
Number of pages6
JournalEpileptic Disorders
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Adverse drug reaction
  • Childhood epilepsy
  • Lamotrigine
  • Language disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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