John Libbey Eurotext

Nocturnal variant of benign myoclonic epilepsy of infancy: a case series Volume 16, issue 1, March 2014

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1 Department of Neurosciences, Einstein Medical Center
2 Department of Pediatrics
3 Section of Neurology, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA
* Correspondence: Ignacio Valencia Section of Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, 3601 A Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134, USA

Myoclonus is a brief, rapid, involuntary muscle jerk originating in the central nervous system that can be physiological or a symptom of disease. We report a group of five children with excessive myoclonic jerks, only during sleep, and abnormal EEG during the events. Although only one third of the events had EEG epileptiform correlate, the presence of myoclonus without epileptiform EEG correlate has been described in patients with benign myoclonic epilepsy of infancy. We hypothesize that these findings may represent a variant of benign myoclonic epilepsy of infancy.