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Memory in children with epilepsy

Mary Lou Smith and Esther Direnfeld

in Epilepsy and Memory

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580286
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739408 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580286.003.0006
Memory in children with epilepsy

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This chapter reviews recent studies on memory associated with idiopathic generalized epilepsies and with localization-related epilepsies. It also examines the impact of epilepsy surgery on children's memory. It shows that memory deficits are common across epilepsy syndromes. The prevalence and severity of memory deficits may be especially relevant to temporal lobe epilepsy. Although some studies have identified improvement and others deterioration in memory after epilepsy surgery, the majority show no change over time. Further work is needed to identify the exact nature of memory deficits in children with epilepsy and the factors that contribute to such deficits.

Keywords: children's memory; memory impairment; epilepsy surgery; temporal lobe epilepsy

Chapter.  7291 words. 

Subjects: Neuroscience

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