Epilessie associate a quadri di ritardo mentale a etiologia non determinata

Translated title of the contribution: Epilepsy in children with mental retardation of undetermined origin

R. Gaggero, S. Pignatelli, R. Devescovi

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The aim of this study is the description of the epilepsy (E) in a selected group of children with mental retardation (MR) of undetermined origin not associated with other neurological impairments. Patients and methods: the E was evaluated in a group of pts. with MR (QI 4 yrs.) showed a remission in 10 (41%), a persistent active E in 14 (57%). Severity of MR, type and frequency of szrs. were not correlated with the outcome. Conclusions: the szrs. classification shows a higher percentage of partial szrs. in relation with literature; also generalized minor motor szrs. are frequently observed. No relationship between szrs. type and degree of MR is shown. The severity of the E, the not favourable evolution in >50% of cases and the negative prognostic value of an early onset confirm previous observations. Probably also in this selected population, the relationship between E and MR is not homogeneous; in some cases it is possible to presume that the association of epilepsy and of a low mental level is casual, whereas especially in patients with a severe MR a common developmental disorder of CNS has to be assumed.

Translated title of the contributionEpilepsy in children with mental retardation of undetermined origin
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)43-45
Number of pages3
JournalBollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia
Issue number106-107
Publication statusPublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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