John Libbey Eurotext

Epileptic Disorders

The Educational Journal of the

Benign epilepsies of childhood - distinct syndromes and overlap Volume 2, supplement 4, Supplément 1, Décembre 2000

Service de neuropédiatrie, Hôpital Saint-Vincent de Paul, 74, avenue Denfert-Rochereau, Paris, France.
  • Key words: absence epilepsy of childhood, benign partial epilepsy of childhood, myoclonic astatic epilepsy, continuous spike waves in slow sleep, brain maturation
  • Page(s) : 41-3
  • Published in: 2001

No clear limits exist between benign partial and generalised epilepsies of childhood, and age related transient epilepsies that produce cognitive troubles, such as epileptic encephalopathy with continuous spike waves in slow sleep and myoclonic astatic epilepsy. Genetic predisposition seems to determine whether the epilepsy is partial or generalised. However, some maturational process seems to contribute in the cases with transient worsening including cognitive troubles.