John Libbey Eurotext

Epileptic Disorders

The Educational Journal of the

Benign pediatric localization-related epilepsies Volume 8, issue 4, December 2006


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Department of Pediatrics, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Key words: benign localization-related epilepsy syndrome, rolandic epilepsy, Panayiotopoulos syndrome, Gastaut-type occipital epilepsy
  • DOI : 10.1684/epd.2006.0036
  • Page(s) : 243-58
  • Published in: 2006

By definition, benign epilepsy syndromes occur in patients with no significant prenatal, perinatal, or postnatal complications, normal psychomotor development and negative laboratory and neuroimaging work-up, respond well to therapy, and remit without sequeale. The benign localization-related epilepsy syndromes of childhood include benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes, Panayiotopoulos syndrome and Gastaut-type idiopathic childhood epilepsy with occipital paroxysms. Some patients initially presumed to have these or, for that matter, other benign syndromes in other age groups, follow a less typical course and continue to experience seizures or to exhibit neuropsychological deficits. Thus the diagnosis of a “possible” or “probable” benign epilepsy syndrome may need to be applied to patients initially suspected of having such syndromes until follow-up shows that they clearly follow a benign course. In Part I (Chahine and Mikati 2006) of our two-part review article, we discussed benign localization-related syndromes encountered in infancy. In this second part, we review the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, neuropsychological features, EEG findings, work-up and diagnostic criteria, differential diagnosis, genetics, management and prognosis of the three childhood-onset syndromes. In addition, we discuss their occasional overlap with or progression into other syndromes.