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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 3-6

Epileptic encephalopathy


The Prince of Wales's Prof. of Childhood Epilepsy, Institute of Child Health, London, National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy, Lingfield, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, United Kingdom

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Brian Neville
The Prince of Wales's Prof. of Childhood Epilepsy, Institute of Child Health, London, National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy, Lingfield, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London
United Kingdom
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Epileptic encephalopathy is applied to loss of skills in all domains of functioning including cognitive, behavioural, communication and motor that occurs with epilepsy and appears to be caused by epilepsy, particularly by subclinical seizure activity. It is particularly common in early onset epilepsies in which deterioration may be catastrophic but milder problem of cognition, attention and behaviour occur in up to half of school age children with epilepsy. Management involves early and vigorous treatment of the epilepsy and the identification and management of the additional impairments.


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