Table 2Annotated Proposal International Classification of Epilepsies and Epileptic Syndromes

1. Localization-Related (Local, Focal, Partial) Epilepsies and Syndromes
1.1 Idiopathic (with age-related onset)
  • benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (`rolandic epilepsy')
  • childhood epilepsy with occipital paroxysms
1.2 Symptomatic
  • chronic progressive epilepsia partialis continua of childhood (e.g., `Rasmussen's encephalitis')
  • frontal lobe epilepsies
  • occipital lobe epilepsies
  • parietal lobe epilepsies
  • syndromes characterized by specific modes of precipitation
  • temporal lobe epilepsies
1.3 Cryptogenic
2. Generalized Epilepsies and Syndromes
2.1 Idiopathic (with age-related onset)
  • benign neonatal familial convulsions
  • benign neonatal convulsions
  • benign myoclonic epilepsy in childhood
  • childhood absence epilepsy (pyknolepsy)
  • juvenile absence epilepsy
  • juvenile myoclonic epilepsy
2.2 Cryptogenic or Symptomatic
  • West syndrome
  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
3. Epilepsies and Syndromes Undetermined Whether Focal or Generalized

From: Chapter 2, Clinical Epilepsy

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