Non-epileptic paroxysmal events in early childhood and role of EEG: A single center experience

Serkan Kırık, Mehmet Yaşar Özkars
2018 Archives of Clinical and Experimental Medicine  
Aim: Non-epileptic paroxysmal events are the most frequently movement disorders mimicking epilepsy. Our aim in this article is to increase awareness among physicians by sharing our clinical experience; to reduce unnecessary anti-epileptic use and the number of examinations. Methods: In total 73 patients were included in the study. Patients were evaluated according to detailed anamnesis, video recordings, laboratory findings and electroencephalography (EEG) findings. Results: The most common
more » ... nosis in patients involved in the study was breath holding spells. The youngest age group was benign sleeping myoclonus. None of the patients had epileptiform activity in the EEG. Conclusion: Non-epileptic paroxysmal events commonly involve the unnecessary use of anti-epileptic medications due to mimicking of epilepsy. This study has shown that detailed anamnesis, EEG findings, and increasinguse of mobile phone video reduce unnecessary treatment and examination in these patients.
doi:10.25000/acem.416320 fatcat:n7cvamksojagxo34vf32mjjrp4