Diagnosing and managing childhood absence epilepsy by telemedicine

Carl E. Stafstrom, Lisa R. Sun, Eric H. Kossoff, Ania K. Dabrowski, Samata Singhi, Sarah A. Kelley

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The diagnosis of childhood absence epilepsy (CAE) is typically based on history and description of spells, supported by an office-based positive hyperventilation test and confirmed by routine electroencephalography (EEG). In the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, many pediatric neurologists have switched to telemedicine visits for nonemergent outpatient evaluations. We present a series of children diagnosed as having CAE on the basis of a positive hyperventilation test performed during remote televisits. Several of these children were begun on treatment for CAE prior to obtaining an EEG, with significant seizure reduction. Our series documents the feasibility of CAE diagnosis and management by telemedicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number107404
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • Absence epilepsy
  • Child
  • Ethosuximide
  • Hyperventilation
  • Seizure
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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