12 patients with monomorphic secondarily generalized seizures (SGS) and 9 with monomorphic elementary and complex partial seizures (EPS/CPS) were studied. The purpose was to assess the eventuality of a neuropsychological and/or psychopathological impairment and their relationship, and to verify the hypothesis that repeated global brain involvements (in SGS patients) may worsen cognitive and affective functions. The Pittsburgh Initial Neuropsychological Test System (PINTS) was administered to evaluate intellectual functioning, attention, concentration, memory, learning, perceptual motor and visuospatial capabilities, and language. The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality System (MMPI) and the Sickness Impact Profile (SIP) were employed to provide, respectively, personality traits and possible impairment in daily psychophysical performance. Epileptics showed an involvement of neuropsychological functioning in comparison with controls. Patients with SGS gained lower scores in more tests than epileptic with EPS/CPS did in accordance to our initial hypothesis. On the other hand our failing to demonstrate a higher impairment in personality and psychosocial performance in SGS Patients, implicitly rejected the relationship between cognitive and affective functions in epileptic patients.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Bollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia|
|Publication status||Published - 1985|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology