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IDIOPATHIC PEDIATRIC EPILEPSY SYNDROMES

Bergqvist, A. G. Christina

CONTINUUM: Lifelong Learning in Neurology: August 2007 - Volume 13 - Issue 4, Epilepsy - p 106-120
doi: 10.1212/01.CON.0000284537.52681.d1
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Epilepsy in children has a high incidence of genetic etiology, and idiopathic pediatric epilepsy syndromes are common. Genes that cause or contribute to the development of the idiopathic epilepsy syndromes have recently been identified. This group of epilepsies therefore offers a better understanding of the age-dependent development of epilepsy and the many complicated interactions between genes and environment and allows us to choose more specific treatments and predict neuro-developmental outcomes with better accuracy. In this chapter we will review our current understanding of the demographics, presentation, types of seizures, EEG findings, genetic relationships, treatment, and prognosis of the pediatric idiopathic epilepsy syndromes.

© 2007 American Academy of Neurology
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