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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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Minerva Pediatrica 2010 December;62(6):559-63
Specific learning disorder in the primary epilepsies of childhood
Battistini M. C., La Briola F., Menini S., Lenti C. ✉
Unit of Child Neuropsychiatry, San Paolo Hospital, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of learning disorders in children with idiopathic epilepsy.
METHODS: The study enrolled 16 children with idiopathic epilepsy, 8 with absence and 8 with rolandic epilepsy. This was a standardized neuropsychological assessment with particular attention to learning performance (reading and writing skills/number processing).
RESULTS: Fourteen out of 16 subjects resulted with a specific learning disability, although specific patterns have not been identified.
CONCLUSION: The study confirms the higher incidence of learning disorder in children with epilepsy (in front of normal prevalence, 2-10%). The importance of complete neuropsychological evaluation in children with focal or generalized epilepsy was highlighted.