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EEG features of absence seizures in idiopathic generalized epilepsy: Impact of syndrome, age, and state

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Purpose: Factors influencing the electroencephalography (EEG) features of absence seizures in newly presenting children with idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE) have not been rigorously studied. We examined how specific factors such as state, provocation, age, and epilepsy syndrome affect the EEG features of absence seizures. Methods: Children with untreated absence seizures were studied using video-EEG recording. The influence of state of arousal, provocation (hyperventilation, photic stimulation), age, and epilepsy syndrome on specific EEG features was analyzed. Results: Five hundred nine seizures were evaluated in 70 children with the following syndromes: childhood absence epilepsy (CAE) 37, CAE+ photoparoxysmal response (PPR) 10, juvenile absence epilepsy (JAE) 8, juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) 6, and unclassified 9. Polyspikes occurred in all syndromes but were more common in JME. They were brought out by drowsiness and sleep in fragments of generalized spike and wave (GSW). Polyspikes were more likely to occur during photic stimulation, but were not influenced by age independently. GSW was more likely to be disorganized in JME than JAE, and in JAE than CAE. Increasing age and levels of arousal were more likely to result in organized GSW. Factors specific to each child independently influenced EEG features; the nature of these factors has not been identified. Discussion: The EEG features of absence seizures are influenced by a complex interaction of age, epilepsy syndrome, level of arousal, provoking factors, and other intrinsic factors. Epilepsy syndrome alone cannot predict specific features of GSW; however, JME is more frequently associated with polyspikes and disorganization of the paroxysm
Udgivelsesdato: 2009/6
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEpilepsia
Vol/bind50
Udgave nummer6
Sider (fra-til)1572-1578
Antal sider6
ISSN0013-9580
StatusUdgivet - 2009

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Times Cited: 0ArticleEnglishSadleir, L. GWellington Sch Med & Hlth Sci, Dept Paediat, POB 7343, Wellington, New ZealandCited References Count: 28456IIWILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INCCOMMERCE PLACE, 350 MAIN ST, MALDEN 02148, MA USAMALDEN

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