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Epileptic Disord. 2000;2 Suppl 1:S3-4.

Typical semiology of benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BCECTS).

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University department of Neuropediatrics, Children's hospital, Schwanenweg 20, D-24105 Kiel, Germany.


The ILAE (1989) has defined benign childhood epilepsy with centro-temporal spikes (BCECTS) as follows: BCECTS is a syndrome of brief, simple, partial, hemifacial motor seizures, frequently having associated somatosensory symptoms which have a tendency to evolve into generalised tonic clonic seizures (GTCS) [1]. Both seizure types are often related to sleep. Onset occurs between the ages of 3 and 13 years (peak 9-10 years) and recovery occurs before the age of 15-16 years. Genetic predisposition is frequent, and there is a male predominance. The EEG has blunt high-voltage centrotemporal spikes, often followed by slow waves that are activated by sleep and tend to shift or spread from side to side.

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