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Epileptic Disorders

The Educational Journal of the International League Against Epilepsy

Epilepsia partialis continua: semiology and differential diagnoses Volume 10, numéro 1, march 2008


  • Epilepsia partialis continua: semiology and differential diagnoses
Dept. of Epileptology, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Mots-clés : epilepsia partialis continua, semiology, diagnosis
  • DOI : 10.1684/epd.2008.0161
  • Page(s) : 3-7
  • Année de parution : 2008

Epilepsia partialis continua (EPC) is a rare form of focal status epilepticus. It may have vascular, immune-mediated, neoplastic or metabolic-toxic causes. The origin of EPC has been linked with the motor cortex. This has been solidly supported by sophisticated electrophysiological studies. Here, a series of video sequences from patients with EPC (due to Rasmussen encephalitis, early-stage multiple sclerosis, and steroid responsive encephalopathy with autoimmune thyroiditis), and other cases with repetitive myoclonic jerks or movement disorders (myoclonic epilepsy associated with ragged-red fibers, Jacksonian march, myoclonic seizures in other types of frontal lobe or idiopathic generalized epilepsies, and different types of tremor) is presented. [Published with video sequences].