Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Rolandic Epilepsy

  • Jeffrey B. TitusEmail author
  • William A. Schraegle
  • Dave Clarke
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1525


Benign partial epilepsy of childhood with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS); Benign rolandic epilepsy (BRE); Sylvian seizures


Rolandic epilepsy (RE), previously known as benign rolandic epilepsy, has traditionally been classified as an idiopathic partial epilepsy of childhood, characterized by seizure onset between the ages of 18 months and 13 years and seizure remittance during childhood or adolescence. More recently, the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) has recommended describing RE as a self-limited and pharmacoresponsive focal epilepsy, along with Panayiotopoulos syndrome and idiopathic childhood occipital epilepsy (late-onset childhood occipital epilepsy). These conditions are generally believed to have good outcomes, and they have been theorized to lie on the milder end of the spectrum that includes more severe and rare epilepsy syndromes, such as Landau-Kleffner Syndrome and continuous spikes in slow-wave sleep.

RE is the most common epilepsy syndrome...

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Further Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey B. Titus
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • William A. Schraegle
    • 3
    • 4
  • Dave Clarke
    • 1
    • 5
  1. 1.Comprehensive Epilepsy ProgramDell Children’s Medical Center of Central TexasAustinUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  3. 3.Pediatric Neuropsychology, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central TexasAustinUSA
  4. 4.Department of Educational PsychologyThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  5. 5.Department of PediatricsDell Medical School, The University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA