clinical features of benign rolandic epilepsy of childhood

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Clinical features include:

  • episodes usually related to sleep, either at night or during daytime nap, and triggered by sleep deprivation

  • onset marked by guttural sounds and salivary drooling, consciousness usually preserved, and characteristic speech arrest

  • focal seizures with numbness or tingling of the tongue, lips, and weakness of one side of the face, sometimes ipsilateral arm jerking

  • occasionally become secondarily generalized and focal onset may be missed

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  • Professor Deb K Pal PhD MRCP
  • Professor of Paediatric Epilepsy
  • Honorary Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Variety Club and Evelina Children's Hospitals

Last edited 12/2020