“Hurdles”, a specific EEG pattern of epileptiform discharges, is associated with low cognitive performance in children with intractable focal epilepsy.
Why this matters
Periodic electroencephalography (EEG) activity is commonly observed in pediatric patients with epilepsy. Previous studies have shown an association between epileptiform discharges during sleep, and cognitive dysfunction.
Careful evaluation of generalized quasiperiodic epileptiform discharges (“hurdles”) observed in EEG tests, may predict neuropsychological-decline in children with intractable focal epilepsy.