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Epilepsy Res. 1990 Nov;7(2):165-72.

Test-retest variability in children with epilepsy--a comparison of WISC-R profiles.

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  • 1Instituut voor Epilepsiebestrijding, Meer en Bosch/De Cruquiushoeve, Heemstede, The Netherlands.


Reports of test-retest variability appear recurrently in relation to epilepsy. To date, the amount of information available on the stability of cognitive profiles over a number of years is limited. In this study, 45 children were assessed, using the Wechsler Intelligence Test for Children - Revised (WISC-R). The children were retested after a period of at least 2 years. A group of 20 children was tested 3 times. The average follow-up period was 4.2 years. Although most subjects in our sample had a high seizure frequency and continued to have their seizures during the period of follow-up, a marked stability of cognitive profiles is found over a period of time. These profiles show low scores for the subtests Information, Coding, Digit Span, Vocabulary and resemble profiles reported in other studies on subjects with intractable epilepsies.

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