Francesca Beccaria

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PURPOSE Electroencephalography-functional magnetic resonance imaging (EEG-fMRI) coregistration has recently revealed that several brain structures are involved in generalized spike and wave discharges (GSWDs) in idiopathic generalized epilepsies (IGEs). In particular, deactivations and activations have been observed within the so-called brain default mode(More)
PURPOSE To better delineate the electroclinical features of infants who presented with focal seizures and typical midline sleep EEG abnormalities with a benign outcome. We discuss the significance of the typical EEG marker in non-epileptic patients. METHODS Patients were selected from a group of epileptic subjects with seizure onset less than 3 years we(More)
We report two children, suffering from idiopathic partial epilepsy, who started to present, in the same period of time, with epileptic negative myoclonus (ENM) in one lower limb and fecal incontinence (FI). Polygraphic recordings showed that ENM was associated with paroxysmal activities distributed over the vertex region. Both ENM and FI disappeared when(More)
Photosensitivity is a genetically determined trait that may be asymptomatic throughout life or manifest with epileptic seizures. Photosensitivity usually begins before the age of 20 years with a peak age at onset at around 12. Both natural and artificial light may trigger seizures. Precise investigation must be carried out by intermittent photic stimulation(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy of levetiracetam (LEV) in continuous spikes and waves during slow sleep (CSWS). Despite first description dates back to 1971, no agreement exists about CSWS treatment. The condition is rare and controlled clinical trials are very difficult to perform, so the reports about efficacy of different drugs are anecdotal. (More)
The Italian League Against Epilepsy Commission Guidelines Subcommittee on Status Epilepticus (SE) has published an article on the management of SE in adults, and now presents a report on the management of convulsive status epilepticus (CSE) in children, excluding the neonatal period. Children's greater susceptibility than adults to epileptic seizures(More)
International epilepsy classification includes different epileptic syndromes with favourable outcomes in paediatric age, both partial and generalised. This is true in childhood while no partial benign forms are accepted in infancy. In 1987, Watanabe first described a new entity and he defined it as 'benign complex partial epilepsies in infancy'. In 1992,(More)
PURPOSE We reviewed the electroclinical pictures and clinical characteristics of 32 patients with continuous spike-and-wave activity during slow sleep (CSWS) to ascertain to what extent this electroencephalogram (EEG) pattern is associated with the age-related CSWS syndrome as defined by the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) International(More)
PURPOSE Photosensitivity can represent a serious problem in epilepsy patients, also because pharmacologic treatment is often ineffective. Nonpharmacologic treatment using blue sunglasses is effective and safe in controlling photosensitivity, but large series of patients have never been studied. METHODS This multicenter study was conducted in 12 epilepsy(More)
BACKGROUND Given the rarity of this condition, especially in children, there is a paucity of large reported paediatric case series of anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor encephalitis. METHODS To contribute to define the features of this condition, we describe retrospectively a new nationwide case series of 20 children (50% females), referred by 13 Italian(More)