Expanding spectrum of paroxysmal events in children: potential mimickers of epilepsy.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Paroxysmal events in children can mimic epileptic seizures, and many of them have only been recently described, or are only now being increasingly recognized. An awareness of the different mimickers of epilepsy and the art of history-taking will help pediatricians and neurologists differentiate epileptic from nonepileptic events. Nonepileptic paroxysms can present with drop attacks, limb or eye jerks, and abnormal postures. This review describes the different mimickers of epilepsy and focuses on their circumstances, precipitators, prodromes, pathophysiology, and other manifestations that help distinguish them from epilepsy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Obeid, M; Mikati, MA

Published Date

  • November 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 309 - 316

PubMed ID

  • 17950415

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17950415

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0887-8994

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2007.08.002


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States