The benign partial nonrolandic epilepsies

Pinchas Lerman*, Sara Kivity

*Corresponding author for this work

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Although rolandic epilepsy is the only epileptic syndrome that, at present, fully meets all the criteria of benignity and is widely recognized as such, there are also other forms of partial epilepsy that are benign. These are also genetically determined and age-dependent, occurring in neurologically intact children older than 18 months of age. As a rule, the seizures are brief and infrequent, usually responding well to antiepileptic drugs and remitting spontaneously before adulthood. The EEG background is normal, the morphology of the spikes is typical, and they are activated by sleep; generalized spike-wave discharges may occur. During the past decade, there have been reports of a number of additional syndromes of benign partial epilepsy. These include benign occipital epilepsy (the most common in this group), benign frontal epilepsy, benign epilepsy with affective symptomatology (or benign psychomotor epilepsy), benign epilepsy with extreme somatosensory evoked potentials, benign partial epilepsy of adolescence, and benign epilepsy associated with multiple spike foci. The Landau-Kleffner syndrome is often included among the benign epilepsies. These nonrolandic benign epilepsies are described in detail, and the relevant literature is reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-287
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Clinical Neurophysiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1991


  • Benign childhood epilepsy
  • Benign psychomotor epilepsy
  • Frontal foci
  • Landau-Kleffner syndrome
  • Nonrolandic epilepsies
  • Occipital foci


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