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03-03-2015 | Research finds brain abnormalities in common childhood epilepsy syndrome

03 March 2015
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Researchers in Korea have identified particular brain abnormalities associated with Benign Rolandic Epilepsy of Childhood. Rolandic epilepsy is a common childhood epilepsy diagnosis and is also known as benign childhood epilepsy with centro-temporal spikes (BCECTS). The term benign is used to describe Rolandic epilepsy it as children with this diagnosis typically outgrow their seizures around puberty. so the prognosis is favourable with regard to seizures. 

The study which was conducted in Seoul and cited by Epilepsy Research Foundation UK analysed data from MRI studies in children with new diagnoses to assess the thickness of their cortex and the volume of grey matter in their brains. The findings showed the children had thicker cortices in the frontal , temporal and mid temporal areas as well as larger volumes of grey matter in several areas. In addition the study identified specific abnormalities associated with ADHD among the children who took part. Children with Rolandic epilepsy are known to be more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.

 Cited from Epilepsy Research UK  2nd March 2015

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