Clinical and electroencephalographic characteristics of centro-midtemporal spike foci in children

Leopold Streletz, L. J. Graziani, J. Y F Yang

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The medical records of 33 children and adolescent patients whose EEG tracings revealed epileptic discharges characteristic of centro-midtemporal (C-T) spikes were reviewed. The most common neurological problem associated with C-T spikes was epilepsy which was noted in 21 children with simple partial or generalized seizures or both. Evidence of structural brain disease was found in 11 of the children with C-T spikes, 8 of whom had seizures; of the 8 with seizures, 2 had episodes typical of benign focal epilepsy of childhood (BFEC) and 6 had generalized convulsions. No structural brain disease was found in 22 children, 13 of whom had seizures; of the 11 with seizures, 5 had episodes typical of BFEC and 6 had generalized convulsions. Of the 12 children with C-T spikes unassociated with clinical seizure activity, 3 had structural brain disorders and 9 did not. The presence of background or focal EEG slowing helped to identify approximately half of the children with structural lesions. The CAT scan was a useful adjunct to the EEG and neurological examination in diagnosis of some of these children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-80
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of EEG Technology
Volume24
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

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Clinical and electroencephalographic characteristics of centro-midtemporal spike foci in children. / Streletz, Leopold; Graziani, L. J.; Yang, J. Y F.

In: American Journal of EEG Technology, Vol. 24, No. 2, 1984, p. 73-80.

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