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The aim of this study was to investigate the prognosis of childhood epilepsy and to analyze prognostic factors in addition to remission rate in a follow-up of newly referred patients. Two hundred eighty-one patients were followed for a mean period of 5.3 years. Overall, 253 patients (90%) achieved 1-year remission. The beginning of a 1-year seizure-free(More)
Therapeutical efforts in epilepsies with infantile spasms (IS) often show unsatisfying results, especially if neurological impairments are found. In a clearly negatively selected group of 24 children with IS and 10 patients with symptomatic myoclonic-astatic epilepsies--pretreated without success with ACTH and/or benzodiazepines (BDZ) alone or combined with(More)
We present a retrospective study of 160 children attending our epilepsy out-patient department. Computed tomography (CT) was performed on 123 (77%) patients, namely all children with the exception of those with febrile seizures, typical absence seizures, and benign Rolandic epilepsy. Incidence of CT abnormalities and their correlation with clinical features(More)
Prolactin blood levels (HPRL) increase within 20 minutes postictally after generalized epileptic, especially generalized tonic-clonic seizures and return to normal values within one hour. Elevated HPRL levels were also observed after complex partial seizures, but usually in less extent, exceeding normal ranges only slightly. Therefore baselin HPRL(More)
Real or imminent loss of employment of family supporters (mostly fathers)--unfortunately nowadays a rather frequent event--has gained more and more importance with respect to genesis of child's behavioral disturbances. Different interaction patterns are listed here: family systems primarily regarded as free of conflicts can be desequilibrated by financial(More)
Although the impact of psycho-social factors on the individual patient with epilepsy has been widely investigated, the influence of the illness on the family as a whole is still underestimated. By means of the Family Assessment Measure (FAM III), a well-validated instrument, we investigated which measurable influence the epilepsy of one child had on the(More)