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Human Nocturnal Epilepsy

  • David W. McCandless


Nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy is a seizure disorder sometimes difficult to diagnose because the seizures occur predominantly or exclusively during night time sleep. They are often misdiagnosed as parasomnia. Parasomnias are a group of abnormal, undesirable motor, verbal, and/or experiential phenomenon. These include night terrors, sleep walking, teeth grinding, rhythmic movements, etc. Parasomnias will be examined later in this chapter because it is essential to distinguish between these sleep (psychiatric) disorders and highly treatable nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy.


Frontal Lobe Complex Partial Seizure Sleep Spindle Frontal Lobe Epilepsy Nocturnal Frontal Lobe Epilepsy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David W. McCandless
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  1. 1.The Chicago Medical School Department of Cell Biology and AnatomyRosalind Franklin UniversityChicagoUSA

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