PMID: 7457088Jul 1, 1980Paper

Long-term follow-up of epileptic fits in children. Influence of an early treatment (author's transl)

Acta neurologica Belgica
W Geets, L Van Calster


The prognosis of epileptic seizures occurring before the age of 15, was evaluated in 100 cases during 10 years after their first seizure. All of them were subjected to antiepileptic treatment at least during nine years and after two seizures or more. Treatment was precocious in certain cases beginning during the first year after the first seizure, delayed several years in other cases. By 32 patients the seizures persisted and 26 patients were seizure-free for 9 years. The electroclinical forms of the first epileptic seizures occurring before the age of 15, are comparable whatever further benign or chronic evolution may be. The RPE are however more frequent in the benign cases. Between the two groups there is a statistically significant difference in the delay of treatment setting up after the first seizure: on average 1 year in benign cases and 3 years in chronic cases.

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