John Libbey Eurotext

Epilepsy and childhood learning disabilities Volume 3, special issue 3, Numéro spécial 2, December 2001

Author
Unité de neurologie pédiatrique, Service de pédiatrie A, American Memorial Hospital, CHU, 49, rue Cognac-Jay, 51092 Reims Cedex.

Epilepsy is very frequent in childhood. Learning disabilities in epilepsy are not very well known. Even if mental retardation has been studied, very few teams have focused on the different cognitive functions in children with epilepsy. Several neuropsychological studies have been carried out but only on epileptic syndromes as West syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. It looks very important to study the neuropsychological profiles in the different types of epilepsy in childhood (generalized and partial epilepsy, idiopathic and non idiopathic). Different tools are now available for detection of cognitive deficits.