EEG discharges on awakening: A marker of idiopathic generalized epilepsy

F. Fittipaldi, A. Currà, L. Fusco, S. Ruggieri, M. Manfredi

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In a series of 24-hour ambulatory EEG recordings from 1,000 consecutive adult outpatients (44.5% with generalized and 55.5% with partial epilepsy, one recording per patient), the authors found only 46 (4.6%) activations of epileptiform discharges on awakening. All recordings came from patients with idiopathic generalized epilepsy, predominantly with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy and generalized tonic-clonic seizures on awakening. Multiple spike discharges that develop with an unusually delayed onset after arousal (more than 10 minutes) might help to discriminate juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-126
Number of pages4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 9 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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