Seizures and epilepsy in Sotos syndrome: Analysis of 19 Caucasian patients with long-term follow-up

Francesco Nicita, Martino Ruggieri, Agata Polizzi, Laura Mauceri, Vincenzo Salpietro, Silvana Briuglia, Laura Papetti, Fabiana Ursitti, Salvatore Grosso, Luigi Tarani, Maria Segni, Salvatore Savasta, Pasquale Parisi, Alberto Verrotti, Alberto Spalice

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Sotos syndrome (SS) is an overgrowth syndrome characterized by typical facial appearance, learning disability, and macrocephaly as cardinal diagnostic features. Febrile (FS) and afebrile seizures are reported in 9-50% of cases. There is no evidence that patients with SS and FS later develop epilepsy, and no studies have investigated the electroclinical features and the long-term outcome in epileptic SS patients. The authors report a series of 19 SS patients with FS and/or epilepsy during childhood and a long-term follow-up. More than half of FS evolved to epilepsy. Temporal lobe seizures were recorded in 40% of patients with SS. Seizures were easy to control with common antiepileptic drugs in almost all patients. A careful neurologic evaluation is useful for SS patients, since seizures are an important finding among people with this overgrowth syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • Cerebral gigantism
  • Epilepsy
  • Overgrowth syndrome
  • Seizures
  • Sotos syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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