Investigators at the University of Florida, Gainesville, evaluated daytime behavior and sleep disturbance in 30 children with epilepsy, mean age 10.3 ± 2.1 years, using parent-rating questionnaires, child symptom self-report measures and overnight polysomnograms. Complex partial seizures were present in 43% and generalized epilepsy in 57% of children. Sixty percent of children were seizure-free during the 56-day test period, 83% were on anticonvulsant medications, and 20% were also taking methylphenidate. Abnormal sleep architecture, breathing abnormalities, and excessive daytime sleepiness were frequently encountered, and 24 (80%) patients demonstrated obstructive hypopneas or apneas with associated sleep disruption during the overnight polysomnogram. Parents’ reports indicated significant problems with inattention/hyperactivity in children with epilepsy. Behavioral problems were related to concomitant sleep disturbance and not to the severity or type of...
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Neurology| January 01 2005
Daytime Behavior and Sleep Disturbance in Epilepsy
AAP Grand Rounds (2005) 13 (1): 4–5.
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Daytime Behavior and Sleep Disturbance in Epilepsy. AAP Grand Rounds January 2005; 13 (1): 4–5. https://doi.org/10.1542/gr.13-1-4
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