Benign epilepsy of childhood: A speculation and its ramifications

J. M. Freeman, J. Tibbles, C. Camfield, P. Camfield

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Abstract

Most children with generalized tonic-clonic seizures have a benign developmental disorder of seizure threshold that will be outgrown with or without treatment. Such children may have one or more infrequent seizures before adequate threshold is achieved. A small percentage of children will have frequent generalized seizures (epilepsy) due to brain damage or abnormality. Such patients require vigorous anticonvulsant therapy. However, for the children with 'benign childhood epilepsy' treatment may be worse than the disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)864-868
Number of pages5
JournalPediatrics
Volume79
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Freeman, J. M., Tibbles, J., Camfield, C., & Camfield, P. (1987). Benign epilepsy of childhood: A speculation and its ramifications. Pediatrics, 79(6), 864-868.