Before starting antiepilepsy therapy (T1) and after 1 year (T2), 19 children (7 female) affected by focal or generalized idiopathic epilepsy were considered with the aim of studying attention performance. All of the children received a neurological examination and clinical interview, electroencephalography (EEG) in wakefulness or sleep, and a standardized computerized measure of attention (Conners' Continuous Performance Test). At T1, 21% of the patients showed a specific attention disorder, and their percentage rose to 42% after 1 year, despite complete control of seizures. The prognosis was strongly correlated with (1) the presence of active seizures for a period of over 6 months, (2) the persistence of specific interictal abnormalities on an electroencephalogram at T2, and (3) the presence of emotional and behavioral disorders at the diagnosis of epilepsy. Our results confirm that attention disorders are frequent in children with idiopathic epilepsy. The Conners' Continuous Performance Test has proven useful both for diagnosis and follow-up over time.

Borgatti, R., Piccinelli, P., Montirosso, R., Donati, G., Rampani, A., Molteni, L., Tofani, A., Nicoli, F., Zucca, C., Bresolin, N., Balottin, U., Study of attentional processes in children with idiopathic epilepsy by Conner's Continuous Performance Test, <<JOURNAL OF CHILD NEUROLOGY>>, 2004; 19 (7): 509-515. [doi:10.1177/08830738040190070601] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/204780]

Study of attentional processes in children with idiopathic epilepsy by Conner's Continuous Performance Test

Rampani, Alessandra;
2004

Abstract

Before starting antiepilepsy therapy (T1) and after 1 year (T2), 19 children (7 female) affected by focal or generalized idiopathic epilepsy were considered with the aim of studying attention performance. All of the children received a neurological examination and clinical interview, electroencephalography (EEG) in wakefulness or sleep, and a standardized computerized measure of attention (Conners' Continuous Performance Test). At T1, 21% of the patients showed a specific attention disorder, and their percentage rose to 42% after 1 year, despite complete control of seizures. The prognosis was strongly correlated with (1) the presence of active seizures for a period of over 6 months, (2) the persistence of specific interictal abnormalities on an electroencephalogram at T2, and (3) the presence of emotional and behavioral disorders at the diagnosis of epilepsy. Our results confirm that attention disorders are frequent in children with idiopathic epilepsy. The Conners' Continuous Performance Test has proven useful both for diagnosis and follow-up over time.
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Borgatti, R., Piccinelli, P., Montirosso, R., Donati, G., Rampani, A., Molteni, L., Tofani, A., Nicoli, F., Zucca, C., Bresolin, N., Balottin, U., Study of attentional processes in children with idiopathic epilepsy by Conner's Continuous Performance Test, <<JOURNAL OF CHILD NEUROLOGY>>, 2004; 19 (7): 509-515. [doi:10.1177/08830738040190070601] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/204780]
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