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April 1975

Benign Focal Epilepsy of ChildhoodA Follow-Up Study of 100 Recovered Patients

Author Affiliations

From the EEG Institute and Neuropediatric Unit, Beilinson Medical Center, Tel-Aviv University Medical School, Petah Tikva, Israel.

Arch Neurol. 1975;32(4):261-264. doi:10.1001/archneur.1975.00490460077010

Benign focal epilepsy of childhood is an entity that includes characteristic clinical and electroencephalographic manifestations. Clinically, it consists of typical brief, hemifacial seizures that tend to become generalized when they occur nocturnally. The EEG findings include slow, diphasic, high-voltage, centrotemporal spikes, often followed by slow waves.

Retrospective and prospective studies were carried out on 100 such patients, all of whom recovered before reaching adult-hood, with the disappearance of both the clinical manifestations and the EEG findings.