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Korean J Pediatr 2012 May;55(5) :159-163.
Published online 2012 May 15.        doi:
Cognitive function of idiopathic childhood epilepsy
Su Jeong You (You SJ)
Department of Pediatrics, Epilepsy Center, Sanggye Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding Author: Su Jeong You ,Tel: +82-2-950-1080, Fax: +82-2-951-1246, Email:
Copyright © 2012 by The Korean Pediatric Society
Most children with epilepsy are of normal intelligence. However, a significant subset will have temporary or permanent cognitive impairment. Factors that affect cognitive function are myriad and include the underlying neuropathology of the epilepsy, seizures, epileptiform discharges, psychosocial problems, age at seizure onset, duration of epilepsy, and side effects associated with antiepileptic drugs. This review article discusses cognitive function in children with idiopathic epilepsy and the effects of antiepileptic drugs on cognitive function in children.
Keywords: Epilepsy | Child | IQ | Idiopathy | Cognition | Seizures
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