Benign Focal Seizures of Adolescence
Benign focal seizures of adolescence (BFSA) are characterized by simple focal motor and somatosensory seizures with secondary generalization occurring isolated or in a cluster in the first 24–48 h after onset. The seizures occur predominantly when the patient is awake and have a benign course. The interictal EEG, neurological examination, and neuroradiological images are normal and a family history of epilepsy is rare (Loiseau and Orgogozo 1978; Loiseau et al. 2002).
According to Loiseau and Louiset (1992), one quarter of focal seizures (single or in a cluster of up to five seizures over 36 h, never to occur again) with an onset between 12 and 18 years of age, have a benign course. BFSA may account for between 7.5 and 22% of patients having simple focal seizures in the second decade of life (Panayiotopoulos 1996, 2005; King et al. 1999). However, no population-based studies have been conducted to date to support this data. Around 200 cases have been described...
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Benign focal seizures of adolescence
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