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Absence status (petit mal status) with focal characteristics.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  110295     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Two patients, aged 23 and 74 years, manifested prolonged episodes of mildly impaired consciousness in conjunction with rhythmical spike waves or spikes (mostly 3/s). This paroxysmal EEG activity was consistently accentuated unilaterally over the superior frontal regions. The first patient showed ictal aphasia and occasional right hemiparesis during these episodes, and partial left frontal lobectomy resulted in temporary freedom from seizures. The classification of these ictal episodes is difficult. They apparently fall into the category of absence status (petit mal status), but the focal neurological signs do not fit the presently valid definitions of absence status, nor does the lack of symmetrical bilateral-synchronous paroxysmal discharges. Perhaps a special category of status epilepticus should be established.
E Niedermeyer; F Fineyre; T Riley; S Uematsu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of neurology     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0003-9942     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Neurol.     Publication Date:  1979 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-08-29     Completed Date:  1979-08-29     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372436     Medline TA:  Arch Neurol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  417-21     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Aphasia / complications,  physiopathology
Epilepsies, Partial / complications,  physiopathology*
Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe / complications,  physiopathology,  surgery
Functional Laterality / physiology
Hemiplegia / complications,  physiopathology
Middle Aged
Status Epilepticus / classification,  complications,  physiopathology*,  surgery
Temporal Lobe / surgery

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