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We performed a long-term follow-up of 10 patients with hemimegalencephaly and refractory epilepsy, after having treated them with hemispherectomy. Before surgery, 9 patients presented with delayed motor and cognitive development. Surgery was performed between age 5 months and 4 years and 8 months; the mean postsurgical follow-up was 5 years and 2 months.(More)
Epilepsy is relatively common in infants with hydrocephalus. Its mechanism is controversial; in fact, studies on etiologically heterogeneous series are not able to clarify the mechanism generating epilepsy or to suggest effective prevention and treatment strategies. Our study is aimed at assessing the onset and evolution of epilepsy, as well as concurrent(More)
Two patients with myelomeningoceles (MMC) and shunt-treated hydrocephalus are reported. At 5 and 7 years respectively, when they began presenting mental deterioration and behavioural disorders, sleep EEG showed continuous spike-waves during slow sleep (CSWS). These are the first cases of CSWS described in patients with MMC. The mechanisms of CSWS are(More)
The authors present the case of an adolescent affected with refractory epilepsy due to a neonatal ischemic infarction of the right medial cerebral artery. Hemiplegic since the first months of life, she began presenting motor partial seizures associated with drop attacks at 4.5 years; these were initially well controlled by antiepileptic drugs, but at 10(More)
BACKGROUND Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome (WHS) is a well-known clinical entity caused by partial deletion of the short arm of one chromosome 4 (4p- syndrome). Seizures occur in almost all the cases, but studies on the electroclinical disorder and its evolution are still scarce. We present a longitudinal study of the electroclinical features in 10 children with(More)
PURPOSE We studied an eleven year-old girl with atypical, benign partial epilepsy who acutely presented a severe aphasia associated with marked EEG deterioration after lamotrigine administration. A parallel monitoring of language disorders and EEG changes during the gradual withdrawal of lamotrigine was performed in order to evaluate their possible(More)
A qualitative study was performed to investigate the individual experience of seizures and epilepsy in children and adolescents. Forty-one patients aged between 6 and 18 years old and affected with idiopathic epilepsy underwent one or more semi-structured interviews in a hospital day unit. Children aged 7 years or older could describe the experience of(More)
OBJECTIVE Seizure disorder is one of the most relevant clinical manifestations in Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome (WHS) and it acts as independent prognostic factor for the severity of intellectual disability (ID). LETM1, encoding a mitochondrial protein playing a role in K(+) /H(+) exchange and in Ca(2+) homeostasis, is currently considered the major candidate(More)
PURPOSE We report the case of a male newborn with Ohtahara syndrome and right hemimegalencephaly who presented epileptic negative myoclonus in the first days of life. METHODS Prolonged polygraphic studies were performed, as well as MRI and a full clinical examination. RESULTS EEG showed a constant and nonreactive pattern of burst suppression. There were(More)
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