Nocturnal epilepsy in adults.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Epileptic seizures are often strongly influenced by the sleep-wake cycle. In many patients, seizures occur predominantly or exclusively during sleep. These cases can often represent a diagnostic dilemma. A high degree of suspicion combined with knowledge of the characteristics that distinguish nocturnal epileptic seizures from other nocturnal paroxysmal events is necessary to make the diagnosis. This article will review characteristics of nocturnal epileptic seizures in adults, including etiology, clinical semiology, differential diagnosis, and treatment.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Husain, AM; Sinha, SR

Published Date

  • April 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 141 - 145

PubMed ID

  • 21399518

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-1603

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/WNP.0b013e318212100b


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States