Cortical auditory dysfunction in childhood epilepsy: Electrophysiologic evidence

Heather M. Wied, Peter F. Morrison, Barry Gordon, Andrew W. Zimmerman, Eileen P. Vining, Dana F. Boatman

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Abstract

Children with epilepsy are at increased risk for language impairments. Recent studies have suggested that abnormal cortical processing of complex sounds, including speech, may be a contributing factor. Cortical auditory evoked potentials provide an objective, non-invasive method for assessing auditory function in children. We begin with an overview of the cortical auditory system, cortical auditory evoked potentials, and childhood epilepsies. This overview provides a framework for reviewing recent studies using auditory evoked potentials to evaluate sound processing in children with epilepsy. Clinical implications, methodological considerations, and directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-327
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Pediatric Reviews
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2007

Keywords

  • Auditory cortex
  • Auditory evoked potentials
  • Epilepsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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